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THE PILGRIM 



VOL, 49 JANUARY. 2002 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 



THE CLOCK OF TIME 

The clock of time is wound but once, 

And no man has the power 

To tell just when the hands will stop- 

At late or early hour. 

Now is the only time you own: 

So live, love, toil with a will; 

Do not depend upon tomorrow, for 

The clock may then be still. 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 



OVERCOMING CONFLICT 

In its circuit around the sun, the earth has almost reached 
the place it left a year ago. This is now known to man by means 
of telescopes and careful observations of the movements of the 
planets. For nearly fourteen centuries, men believed the theory 
of Ptolemy, an Alexandrian astronomer and mathematician, that 
the earth was the center of the universe and all heavenly bodies 
revolved around it. How much more will man be allowed to 
discover? 

With all this learning in many fields, one would think men 
would learn also how to live peaceably with one another— 
especially with a loving companion of one's own choice. But as 
we enter the year 2002, we realize that man is still wrestling 
with the problem of human relationships. We hear of more and 
more broken homes; approximately half of the marriages in this 
country end in divorce. Also the nations are still making war. 
Peace without the Lord is simply out of reach. 

On the wall before me is a plaque picturing the famous 
"praying hands" with the motto "The family that prays together 
stays together." Is the solution to broken homes really that 
simple? Yes, the motto is true because prayer in the home 
indicates harmony and devotion to Christ. The motto hints that 
prayer is an indispensable and exclusive feature of a Christian, 
and that there are benefits for us when we pray. 

Sadly, the problems of family conflict are not confined to 
non Christians. Even in "plain" circles, Satan manages to make 
trouble in the homes. One danger is that we may conclude that 
all homes have conflict, and that nothing can be done. Satan, 
the author of the problem, would have us think that there is no 
better way, that peace and harmony are simply unattainable in 



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this life. Jesus teaches us otherwise. He promises M In me ye 
shall have peace." 

As we enter a new year, do any of us make resolutions? 
This question was put to people on the street by a reporter of 
our local newspaper. The answers were discouraging as most 
replied that they quit making them because they didn't keep 
them anyway! It is dangerous to vow and not pay according to 
Ecclesiastes 5:4,5. A resolution may not be quite as strong as a 
vow, but surely by God's grace we can make good decisions 
and stand by them, A good resolution for this year would be to 
live days of self sacrifice for the sake of family peace. 

Books have been written on the family— some of them very 
good. But the best Book and the wisest counsel is already in 
our homes available to all. Read Colossians 3:18-21 and 
Ephesians 5:18-33. Here Paul, by the Holy Spirit's power and 
the command of Jesus Christ, writes, "Wives, submit yourselves 
unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." "Husbands, love 
your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave 
himself for it." Let us positively, daily practice these 
commands. Commands? Did commandments not end with the 
passing of the old law? No, there are laws of Christ, and, 
though we are saved by grace through faith, we transgress these 
new commandments to our own loss. I John 2:4 reads, "He 
that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a 
liar, and the truth is not in him." For married Christians, 
obedience here is not optional. 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record that repeats and 
repeats, I say again that in our country we are conditioned to 
self and individuality. We are urged to make our own choices 
and do our own thing. This old world is not a friend to grace to 
help us on the God. Our freedoms are valuable to us, but they 
can spoil us, making us think we deserve what God has 
graciously given. I suppose the competitive business world 
promotes selfishness. And yet we hear of many instances when 






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a merchant was truly selfless, gave his customers every 
advantage, and in the end profited from it. We also remember 
the words of President John Kennedy: "Think not what your 
country can do for you, but think what you can do for your 
country." How much more does the principle of self-sacrifice 
apply to the intimacy of marriage. 

The "living sacrifice" concept of Romans 12:1 applies so 
well to the family. There were various offerings ordained under 
the old law: animals or doves to be killed or offerings of baked 
flour and oil. In each case, the one who brought it gave up 
something. What is given up in the living sacrifice? Paul says 
to present your bodies, and what is more precious to us? In the 
passage in Ephesians where Paul writes for men to love their 
wives as their own bodies, he comments, "For no man ever yet 
hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the 
Lord the church. ". By God's grace we can offer our selves and 
bring unity and success to a marriage that may otherwise be in 
trouble. 

In the middle of a quarrel it is hard to evaluate, but the price 
is too great. We cannot afford to trade a point of selfishness for 
the peace and blessing of God when we obey Him and forgive 
from the heart. In 2002 there will not be a business transaction 
or a high-paying job that will compare in value to the benefits 
and blessings of a peaceful home and family. 

If you live alone, much of this article may not apply. But 
we still must relate to our friends and our brethren and sisters in 
Christ. The same principles are vital Follow self and suffer 
sadness, division, and loss. Follow Jesus and experience the 
peace He has for us. — L.C. 



That which lies in the well of your thought will come up in 
the bucket of your speech. 

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A VISION OF VICTORY 

An experienced or professional photographer knows how to 
enhance a picture by utilizing angles, lighting, and surroundings 
to the best advantage. Vision for the future likewise requires 
planning which incorporates our knowledge, convictions, and 
environment. I encourage each one as we approach the New 
Year to enhance our vision for the coming year by maximizing 
our mental and spiritual angles, lighting, and surroundings. 
Incorporating essentials in forming a vision is just as vital as it is 
when taking a picture. 

Neglecting any factor or rule when taking a photograph 
will result in less than an ideal picture. Ignoring and neglecting 
to acknowledge present world and social conditions as weighed 
against Biblical knowledge can likewise result in less than and 
ideal concept for the coming year. Since September 11, 2001, 
the Christian literary world has been abuzz as scholars and 
writers endeavor to shoe horn this event into their favorite 
eschatological theology. Truly this event has had a tremendous 
impact on everyone. We who are committed to the Holy 
Spirit's guidance should not be unduly troubled by these 
momentous events. When the disciples asked Jesus about the 
end of the world and of His second coming, the Lord's reply is 
recorded in Matthew 24 and in Luke .21. Forming proper 
perspective can be compared to taking a picture. It is possible 
to get so close to the subject that we fail to get the complete 
picture. On the other hand, by using too wide an angle, we may 
be unable to make out important details. 

I encourage each one to carefully study the Scriptures and 
to be cautious when reading commentaries and writings on 
Bible prophesy. A common pattern is for a writer to fit 
prophetic fulfillment into his own life span. Of all the writings I 
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Dr. Henry H. Halley's comments as outlined in Halley's Bible 
Handbook to be the most reasonable approach. Please note 
that Jesus' first response to the disciples' question regarding the 
end times was, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Keep in 
mind that the theme of the Scriptures is the victory of the 
righteous and the defeat of unrighteousness. Only by accepting 
the atonement for sin by our Lord Jesus Christ and living, 
according to His commandments can the Holy Spirit lead us to 
this victory. Read Daniel 12 and Revelation 20 to form a vision 
of victory. 

We are living in momentous times. God is in control. 
"Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world." In 
Luke 21:28, Jesus says, "And when these things begin to come 
to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your 
redemption draweth nigh." We can have no better vision than 
victory in Jesus. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



THE LORD'S ARMY 

The sun split the darkness with its rays; the dawning of a 
new day began and with it the breaking of my solitude, I sat up 
suddenly feeling its power on my face, the penetrating pressure 
of light on the sleeping mind. The hills were awash with its 
beauty and the air filled with the majesty of its Creator. A 
breeze wafted up from below; the freshness gave me life anew, 
and I stood and stretched. The birds were singing their morning 
songs of praise, and I heard the distant sound of the dove 
cooing to its mate. Yes, I thought, life is grand and the 
splendor of it cheers my soul. So was I filled with gratitude that 
I bowed my head and thanked my Lord for His provision. 



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Refreshed from the night of sleeping, I strolled out into the 
day, filled with purpose and a desire to meet the challenges that 
lay around me. Was I not the Lord's, and had He not promised 
me the victory over mine enemies? Yea and more, I shall 
conquer through Him who has all power. The day began well 
enough, I thought, and should be a good sign for my day of 
climbing. You see, I'm on a journey and much of it seems 
upward, but you know they say,' "The higher you climb, the 
better the view," so onward I go. I smiled to the others I met, 
helped a few strangers, and began to feel very confident upon 
my standing. But as things go with travelers, I tired as the day 
went on, and toward the hottest part of the day I met more than 
my match. 

Entering a low between the hills, I sat to rest enjoying the 
progress I had made that day, listening again to the wonders of 
God's creation. Suddenly, from nowhere there he was, standing 
in the pathway, that grin upon his face. "You ain't anything," he 
said, "sitting there all alone without a friend, and I am come to 
show you how it's done." He pointed to another path that led 
back down the mountain and said, "You must take that way, for 
it is right, and if you try to continue on, I'll slay you and leave 
you for a warning for those who would dare to defy me. " 

I stood up swiftly. Filled with anger, I drew my sword and 
the battle was on. I was in shape and I fought well, I thought to 
myself, even though the enemy was much larger and hideous, I 
must say. Ah, there was no beauty in him now, and he danced 
back and forth so as to confuse me with his moves. And even 
though I tried hard, somehow I could not score any lasting 
victory. Had I known, far above me there waited help to win if 
I would have asked. The devil knew though, and therefore he 
kept me the more busy lest I should think to call. Ah, I fought 
well until I tired, and then I was not so formidable. And as the 
shadows grew longer, and I fought on to win, my shield grew 
heavy, and my sword slowed its swing. Every joint in my armor 



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felt as though it would stick, and I scarcely could move. It 
frightened me as I feared I would fall Yet I fought on for I 
could not lose; I had to win. Through my tears I could see the 
enemy's grin. Sweat ran down my face as I felt the heat of his 
evil stare and the force of his angry blows. Suddenly my arms 
went limp, my knees buckled, and I felt no more. I was down, I 
thought for the final time, and as I felt the heat of the enemy's 
fire, I knew I was doomed. 

But then a strange thing happened: I felt a calm as the 
breezes from the sea waft up from the South, and coolness 
swept across my face. Moisture cooled my parched lips, and 
strong arms lifted me up. I squinted through my weary eyelids, 
and this is what I saw: Two men of great stature stood with 
swords drawn and shields held high; their arms showed great 
strength, and their feet were firmly planted; their faces held no 
fear. What a sight to behold for one who was lost! They were 
here for me, a brother who was down, and they showed no sign 
of fear or regret. I saw the enemy scowl in anger, for he knew 
now I was not in danger and he'd lost again, for the love of a 
friend will defend to the end. And besides those two, in the 
wings were a dozen or more, which waited to step in if he 
should prove too much for the two. Their faces were forward; 
their feet firmly planted; in their hands were their swords, and 
their armor was ready. They would not budge until the one 
they protected was free from danger and the enemy was 
defeated. The power they represented awed my soul. To think 
for me they had joined in the fight, or had they been there 
waiting all along for me to ask for their help? I felt again those 
strong arms that held me, and I looked to behold who it was 
that cooled my face, supported my weary soul, and now carried 
me away from danger. My eyes caught the image of the One 
who carried me, and I looked into the loving and caring face of 
my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I realized that once again I'd 
been saved by the Lord's Army. 



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We often fail to realize what power is available when we 
pray. For waiting in the wings are the angels of the Lord, who 
will fight for us, and we need not wait until we are laid low to 
ask for their help. When we are discouraged and feel 
overwhelmed by the enemy, be quick to call for help from those 
who have enlisted in the Lord's Army. 

John L. Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 



FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD 

That ragged bum, that angry young man, that haughty rich 
woman, that impatient person in the checkout line, indeed 
everyone you meet, is a precious soul. 

Christ left His glory, took upon Himself this same weak 
flesh, and allowed Himself to be tortured and killed to make a 
way for that very person you prefer to ignore or avoid to be 
redeemed. He wants both of you to spend eternity with Him. 

That person is very important! Treat him like he is! Smile! 
Be courteous! Forgive! Help, if necessary! How else can they 
come to know Him if they do not see Him mirrored in our lives? 
Have mercy! Remember, if God had not placed you in a 
Christian home through no choice of your own, that could have 
been you! ' 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 
I do not know, I cannot see, 
What God's kind hand prepares for me, 
Nor can my glance pierce through the haze 
Which covers all my future ways; 
But yet I know that o'er it all 
Rules He who notes the sparrow's fall 



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I know the hand that hath me fed, 
And through the year my feet hath led; 
I know the everlasting arm • 
That hath upheld and kept from harm. 
I trust Him as my God and Guide 
And know that He will still provide. 

So at the opening of the year 
I banish care and doubt and fear, 
And, clasping His kind hand, essay 
To walk with God from day to day, 
Trusting in Him who hath me fed, 
Walking with Him who hath me led. 






I know not where His hand shall lead, 
Through desert wastes, o'er flowery mead; 
Mid tangled thicket set with thorn, 
Mid gloom of night or glow of morn; 
But still I know my Father's hand 
Will bring me to His goodly land. 

Farewell, Old Year, with goodness crowned, 
A hand divine hath set thy bound. 
Welcome the New Year, which shall bring 
Fresh blessings from my God and King. 
The Old we leave without a tear, 
The New we hail with out a fear. 






Selected from The Trumpet Call Author unknown 

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One test of good manners 
is to be able to live pleasantly with bad ones. 



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HYMN HISTORY: Now the Day Is Over 

Sabine Baring-Gould was a prolific writer. He wrote 
eighty-five books in areas as diverse as religion, travel, folklore, 
history, fiction, biography, sermons, and popular theology. The 
British Museum showed more titles by him than by any other 
writer of his time. But it is not for any of these works that 
Baring-Gould is remembered. He loved children, and it is for 
his children's hymns that his name is known today. 

After graduating from Cambridge, Baring-Gould started a 
church in his tiny bachelor quarters. "Soon," He said, "the 
congregation filled the room and the stairs and the kitchen. . . 
The singing had to bump down the stairs, fill the kitchen, and 
one strain of the tune after another came up irregularly through 
the chinks of the floor." 

In that crowded church setting, the clergyman introduced 
the peaceful hymn for children based on Proverbs 3:24: "When 
thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie 
down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." 

Now the day is over, Grant to little children 

Night is drawing nigh, Visions bright of Thee; 

Shadows of the evening Guard the sailors tossing - 

Steal across the sky. On the deep blue sea. 

Jesus, give the weary Through the long night-watches 

Calm and sweet repose; May Thine angels spread 

With Thy tenderest blessing Their white wings above me, 

May our eyelids close, Watching round my bed. 

When the morning wakens, 
Then may I arise 
Pure and fresh and sinless 
In Thy holy eyes. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown 
and Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William I Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin, Goshen, Indiana 



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NOTE OF THANKS 
We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for the 
generous donations of the brotherhood. The work continues on 
the meeting house, and it is only because of the loving 
generosity of brethren in funding, physical labor and prayers. 
We are humbled by this and are thankful to be a part of such a 
loving brotherhood working together "in His field" to continue 
building the kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord. May God richly 
bless each one of you, and may we all be faithful in serving 
Jesus and one another. 

In behalf of the brethren and sisters of West Lebanon, Indiana 

Ron Cable 



Happy New Year to all Pilgrims! 

We are now on the forty-ninth year of publication, and we 
praise God. Our sincere thanks goes to all who have helped, 
donated, and prayed. 

We do not want to discourage writers; we appreciate the 
participation. But we have several long articles that are difficult 
to work into a small paper like The Pilgrim. Of course we 
reserve the right to edit or condense. We do encourage you to 
send your original articles, poems, selections --or suggestions 
on how we might improve our publication. 

Your expiration date follows your name on the address. It 
may be in red if it has expired. Please let us know if you wish 
to cancel. We welcome gift subscriptions and requests for free 
samples. God bless one and all. -Leslie and Martha Cover 



PILGRIM POINTERS 
Pilgrims are usually recognized as strangers. Their speech, 
appearance, and very manner identify them. Pilgrims should not be 
ashamed to be identified with their heavenly country. "For our 
conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the 
Lord Jesus Christ." --L.C. 



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BIBLE WORD STUDY 

Some words we come across in our Bible reading may be 
unused today. Or, though used both in the Bible and the 
present time, the meanings may be somewhat different. (For 
example, the word suffer) Using a Bible dictionary is a helpful 
source of information in defining a word's meaning more clearly 
for us. In the following questions, choose the best answer for 
each one. 

1. wot: \ A. to know 

B. war 

C. another form of what 

2. vaunt: A. display 

B. strive 

C. boast 

3. insurrection: 

A. sedition 

B. war 

C. resurrection 

4. redound: 

A. rebound 

B. abound 

C. resound 

5. Wantonness and lasciviousness are closely related; which 
meaning best describes the two? 

A. living in excessive wealth 

B. immorality, fornication 

C. excess, absence of restraint, indecency 

6. menstealers: 

A. slavedealers, kidnappers 

B. thieves of persons' good reputations 

(Answers on. back page) 



Stephen and Rhoda Royer 



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THIS TERRIBLE WAR 
We see this terrible, terrible war 
As it is raging on before us; 
Yes, they want ammunition galore, 
But they never think of how they fuss. 

We read in God's Holy Word 
That it is very wrong to kill; 
But people will carry their sword 
And fight against God's will 

They want us to buy war bonds 
And go out and kill many others; 
But they will not hold God's, hands 
As they march out against their brothers. 

We hear of them bombing a city 
In some enemy's guarded place, 
But they will not receive pity 
When they meet God face to face. 

Arvilla May (Weaver) Keeny 
Written during World War II 

FOR YOUTH: Sunset Meditations 

Have you ever stopped to wonder, 
When the sun sets in the West, 
With evening birds all chirping, 
And you're going to your rest, 
Why our loving Heavenly Father 
Would have painted such a view, 
Or why lavish such splendor 
For the joy of me and you. 



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Have you ever stopped to ponder, 
How soon life's sunset will come, 
And our Father's arms will open 
As He calls His children home? 
Soon, so soon, that day is coming, 
And the splendor it will bring 
Human hearts cannot imagine, 
Though of it we often sing. 

And the glory He's prepared us 
In that mansion in the sky 
Is beyond our comprehension, 
For His ways are very high. 
Oh, we know we don't deserve it, 
And there's no way we could earn it, 
But His love so foil has rescued us, 
The mortals who once spurned it. 
Susanna Tate 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 
What's My Name? 

"What's my name?" little Nellie asked her mother one day. 

"What's your name?" Mother repeated. "It is Nellie. Why 
do you ask?" 

"Because Daddy calls me Honey Girl You call me 
Sunshine. Grandma calls me Dearie. Grandpa calls me Punkin. 
Aunt Beulah calls me Little One. So, how do I know what my 
name is?" Nellie asked in a troubled voice. 

Mother smiled kindly at Nellie. "The Bible has a verse that 
says, Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be 
pure, and whether it be right.' Daddy and I named you Nellie 
Rose when you were born. Nellie is what you'll be called by 
most people. But you are such a cheerful little girl that you 



brighten my day like sunshine, so that's my pet name for you. 
Daddy calls you Honey Girl because honey is sweet and so are 
you. Grandma calls you Dearie because you are very dear to 
her, and Grandpa's pet name for you is Punkin. Because you 
are a little person right now, Aunt Beulah calls you Little One. 
We say these names lovingly. 

"The pet names we give you tell how we know you now. If 
you were a whiny, fretful little girl, we might call you other 
names like Stormy, or Cloudy, or Little Tempest. Or maybe 
we'd just call you our Whiny Girl. Those names don't sound 
very nice, do they?" 

"No, they don't. I like happy names. " Nellie answered. 
"If you are a happy, cheerful girl who is obedient and does 
what's right, people will always be glad to hear your name, and 
they'll think your name is a nice name," Mother told' her. 
"Another verse in the Bible says, A good name is rather to be 
chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver 
and gold.' How you act makes your name either good or bad." 
"I want a good name! " Nellie declared. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL, 49 FEBRUARY, 200?. No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 



THE KING'S BUSINESS 

I am a stranger here, within a foreign land, 
My home is far away, upon a golden strand; 
Ambassador to be of realms beyond the sea, 
I'm here on business for my King. 

This is the King's command, that all men everywhere, 
Repent and turn away, from sin's seductive snare; 
That all who will obey, with Him shall reign for aye, 
And that's my business for my King. 

My home is brighter far than Sharon's rosy plain, 
Eternal life and joy throughout its vast domain; 
My Sovereign bids me tell how mortals there may dwell, 
And that's my business for my King. 

This is the message that I bring, 
A message angels fain would sing; 
"Oh, be ye reconciled." 
Thus saith my Lord and King, 
"Oh, be ye reconciled to God." 

Dr. E.'T. Cassel 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 



COUNTRY BLESSINGS 

To grow in appreciation of the good things God has given 
us, take a trip to one of the great cities. In our area, "the city" 
means San Francisco. We have pictures in our California 
History books of San Francisco as a small village by the sea- 
only a little over 150 years ago. But today it is multi-story 
buildings and swarming city streets. 

Recently we were in the city overnight. From our room on 
the twenty-fifth floor, we had a panoramic view of businesses 
and apartments with the bay in the distance. There were no 
open fields. We could see a school where the only playground 
was a rooftop surrounded by a high wall so the balls would not 
get away. A tree grew up between two buildings so close 
together that the tree could spread in only two directions. 

We thought we might take a short walk during a break in 
our obligations. Up om sidewalk was a crowd of possibly 300 
people chanting and holding signs and flags. We had no idea 
what the issue was, but police cars were parked on the street 
with officers there to keep order. 

It is expensive to live in San Francisco. One man told me 
that with a job paying $60,000 a year, he could not afford to 
buy a home. 

As we drove through heavy traffic, sometimes down to a 
speed you could walk, sometimes stopped, we had to be 
thankful for our remote county and peaceful country home. 
How blest we are! 

But this is not the whole story. God values people, 
wherever they live. He said to Jonah about Ninevah: "And 
should not I spare Ninevah, that great city, wherein are more 
than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between 
their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?" Did 



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He refer to young children or to ignorant men and women? 
Either way, God indicated that they were valuable to Him. 
Jonah was upset because the Ninevites were arch enemies of 
Israel, taking their land and slaying their soldiers. He did not 
want God to spare them. God had patience with Jonah, perhaps 
because Jonah lived in the time of "an eye for an eye and a tooth 
for a tooth." 

Our time is the day of grace and the Gospel for all God 
tells us as He told Peter that "God is no respecter of persons: 
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh 
righteousness is accepted with him." Is this our view, or are we 
"respecters of persons"? Do we believe that some are better 
that others and that we deserve the country blessings we have 
and enjoy so much? 

I am glad there are churches in the big cities. Bibles are 
available there. In our hotel room was a Gideon Bible, but, 
sadly, it appeared to have never been opened. 

I am glad that God burdens hearts to work in hard places- 
to witness for Him where they are or where they are called to 
go, I am glad that Bart's are in Mexico, that there are zealous 
Mennonites in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, that the Dunkard 
Brethren are in Navajo land, that Ralph and others are in China 
where there are so many people. (He reports that there are 300 , 
million people in China under age sixteen— more than the entire 
population of the U.S.A.) 

When a body has too much rich food and not enough 
exercise, it becomes unhealthy. Internal problems develop. So 
it is in the Church. When we focus on ourselves and forget the 
needs of those around us, we too develop internal problems- 
strife, envy, dissatisfaction. 

I am not promoting rushing to the inner city or to China or 
even to Torreon. Each ono has a place to fill. If we see the 
needs around us for the Gospel and are willing to be used of 
God, we have our work cut out for us. If we have children 



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growing up in a pagan, affluent society, we have our work cut 
out for us without going anyplace. 

Praise God! He is working today! May we be His faithful 
servants wherever we are planted. --L.C. 



COMMUNICATION 

God began His relationship with man through 
communication. Man is the only creature of earth that has the 
ability to communicate with understanding and to reciprocate in 
it. In this capability man experiences either the blessing or the 
curse of God. This is the highest honor He could have placed 
upon man. The birds have a song; they have no other choice. 
This has a limited blessing both for God and man because there 
can be no intellectual reciprocation in it. 

The Scriptures are God's communication with man and also 
the historical account of how man has performed in it. They 
should have the attention of every living soul. 

Man chose to communicate with what God said would bring 
suffering and death. Every soul that has ever lived and left this 
world in physical death and every woman that has given birth to 
a child, even every man that has provided for life's needs— all 
have communicated, knowingly or unknowingly, with what God 
hath said. 

When God came on the scene after man made this bad 
choice, He gave man and Satan the verdict and the 
consequences that would follow. He also gave man a clue of 
what one day would deliver him from eternal separation from 
Him. But Satan was eternally condemned. 
God's love for man is the reason the earth has existed for over 
6000 years, for in this time God has triumphed over Satan in the 
hearts and lives of multitudes. (Rev. 5:11 and 7:9) This is the 
result of God's grace, love, wisdom, and power over Satan in 
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man to the flood, the Scriptures give only a small account, but 
they do reveal the consequences of choice. (Cain and Abel and 
Noah) 

God was so disappointed in man that it repented Him that 
He had made him, but one man found grace in God's eyes: 
Noah walked and communicated with God. God trusted Noah 
to do the job He asked of him. He gave Noah the architectural 
specs to build the ark, and he built it with the help of his sons. 

After the flood, God gave man basic instructions to be 
fruitful and multiply. He gave them authority over the plant and 
animal kingdom to sustain physical life. God gave them every 
living animal and green herb for food and promised to never 
again destroy life with a flood. He communicated this truth 
with a bow in the clouds as a token that He would remember 
His covenant. 

After the flood all spoke the same language, giving them the 
ability to do whatever they desired to do. God came down to 
see what man was up to and He wasn't pleased. Proving His 
sovereignty over creation, God restrained man by confounding 
their language. "So the Lord scattered them abroad from 
thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build 
the city." Though God scattered man by confusing their 
tongues, He did not forsake them, for He can communicate in 
all languages. 

With Abraham, God began to communicate to man what He 
promised in Eden—that the seed of the woman would bruise the 
serpent's head. God declared in Psalm 101:6: "Mine eyes shall 
be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me. 
He that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me." God 
began to establish an earthly kingdom with Abraham as its 
earthly father because he chose to obey. (Gen. 18:19) 
Through this nation God communicated His sovereignty over 
and over again, even in their unfaithfulness. We know this time 
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sovereignty was revealed to the world, and the human heart was 
assured that all men will give an account of themselves to God. 

During this time, through chosen prophets, God informed 
man that He would personally come to earth and would 
overcome the power of Satan forever. He would give each 
heart the privilege, by choice, to be delivered from the bondage 
they are in through Adam's sin. 

This prophecy was fulfilled 2000 years ago. As the heavens 
above and men on earth responded, Satan immediately went to 
war against it. Though he played his part, he was unable to 
hinder God's plan. 

Jesus, God in the flesh, came to earth personally to 
communicate with man God's love and will for us. It is said of 
Him that if everything He did was written, even the world itself 
could not contain the books that should be written. (John 
21:25) Before Jesus left the earth, He assured us that the gates 
of hell cannot prevail against His everlasting kingdom. 

This promise was proven when He gave His body into the 
hands of Satan— giving him the power over His flesh— in 
submission to His heavenly Father. The manner in which He 
died, and the events that took place (The heavens gave no light, 
and the earth quaked.) was God again communicating His 
sovereignty to the people of the earth. 

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to them and 
upbraided them for their unbelief and again communicated truth 
by showing His physical body— that it was truly He that hung on 
the cross. Even after this, some doubted. 
Jesus, giving final instructions to His disciples before He 
ascended back to heaven, said to them, "Peace be unto you: as 
my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." Then He blessed 
them, giving them the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21,22) He also 
commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem until the Holy 
Spirit would be manifested in His fullness. When the Spirit 
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heaven above came a sound of a rushing, mighty wind, and 
there appeared unto them cloven tongues like fire and it sat on 
each of them. By the miracle of tongues, every man from many 
nations heard in their own languages. 

There were different opinions of what was taking place. 
Some even mocked and said they were intoxicated with new 
wine. This brought the eleven disciples to their feet, and Peter 
set the record straight. He told them that this had long ago 
been communicated by God through the prophet Joel. He 
expounded on it— what it was to accomplish— and ended his 
message: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, 
that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, 
both Lord and Christ." "Now when they heard this, they were 
pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the 
apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said 
unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, 
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many 
as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:36-39) 

Peter's message has opened the door and brought in full 
view the results of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man. We see 
God's Kingdom established on earth and it is eternal. This is 
now God's final communication and effort to reach the heart of 
man, that we may become one, even as He and the Father are 
om. This miracle is the testimony of Jesus Christ which 
supersedes all else. To be a part of this oneness is revealing the 
greatest miracle that has ever taken place on earth. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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DYING TO SELF 

When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at 
naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the 
oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to 
suffer for Christ, that is dying to self. 

When your good is evil spoken of, your wishes crossed, 
your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse 
to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take 
it all in patient, loving silence, that is dying to self. 

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any 
irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you 
stand face-to-face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual 
insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured, that is dying to 
self 

When you are content with any food, any offering, any 
climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of 
God, that is dying to self 

When, you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or 
to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, 
when you can truly love to be unknown, that is dying to self. 

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs 
met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, 
nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in 
desperate circumstances, that is dying to self. 

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of 
less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as 
well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up 
within your heart, that is dying to self 

Are you dead yet? In these last days, the Spirit would bring 
us to the cross. "That I may know him, and the power of his 
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made 
conformable unto his death." (Phil. 3:10) That is victory! 

—Selected 



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PLANTING 

I saw an old farmer out planting a field; 
His thoughts, I think, were intent on the yield 
That next fall would bring if all went right, 
Trusting there would be neither frost nor blight. 
Each row was straight as he planted the seeds, 
Making it easier to come back and root out the weeds, 
Backing into the corners, filling up every space 
That not one patch of earth would go to waste. 
Late into the evening I could hear him still working; 
No, it couldn't be said that this man was shirking. 
The work he'd undertaken with both heart and hand, 
Doing his best to take care of his plot of land. 
Then I was struck with a thought sharp and clear, 
"Am I doing as well with my children so dear?" 
Do I take the time, though it be late at night, 
To instruct my little dears in the way that is right? 
Their minds are wide open, ready, waiting to receive 
Whatever I might unwittingly leave, 
To take root and grow and all to spring forth, 
To blossom, bear fruit for whatever it's worth. 
Do I take special care that the witness I'm giving 
Is as pure as the seed that the farmer was using. 
He knows that whatever seed he may plant 
Will help to determine if his harvest is full or scant. 
O Lord, in my weakness I come to You now; 
Please hold and guide my hand whenever I "plow," 
To prepare my children for the trials ahead, 
That their hearts may be a weed-free seed bed. 

Ben Cover 
Tuolumne, California 



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BIBLE WORD STUDY 

Some words we come across in our Bible reading may not 
be used today. Or, though used both in the Bible and the 
present time, the meanings may be somewhat different. In the 
following examples, choose the best answer for each one. 

1. surfeiting: 

A. deceiving B. effects of drunkenness C. slyness, stealthiness 

2. shamefacedness: 

A. bashfulness, shyness B. sense of shame, modesty 
C. guiltiness 

3. incontinent: 

A. untruthful B. indebted C. without self-control 

4. Closely related to the word implacable, a trucebreaker is a 
person who: 

A. cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant 

B. breaks the laws of the land 

5. barbarian: 

A. one who is a criminal B. one who speaks a strange or 
foreign language C. a madman or lunatic 

6. anon: 

A. straightway B. by-and-by C. joyfully 

7. brawler: 

A. a bartender B. a complaining person C. a contentious 
person 

8. Chaste: 

A, chasten B. subdued C. pure 



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9. durst: 

A. dare B. meanwhile C. endure 

10. discreet: 

A, sober, sensible, temperate B. a modest manner C. pure, 
holy 

11. fidelity: 

A. good behavior B. faithfulness C. relating to an infidel 

(Answers on back page) 
Stephen and Rhoda Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 

BIRTH 
MARTIN - A son, Isaiah D wight, born January 12 to Matthew 
and Sarah Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

TimYoder 64714 C.R. 17, Goshen, Indiana (574)534-5705 
Beginning January 15, most of our Indiana 219 area code 
subscribers' phone numbers are being changed to 574. Get into 
the habit of using the new area code by June 14, 2002. 

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 
Prompt Obedience 

Did you ever hear a parent say, "This is the last time I'm 
telling you"? It is evident the child did not respond to several 
admonitions before the "last time." Did you ever see a mother 
in a supermarket calling to her child, and he kept on running 
down the aisle? It is obvious who is in control Children know 
where, parents draw the line, so is it not better to tell them only 
once? The first step is to insist on a reply when you speak to 
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Ignoring a call is a bad habit. If you know he has heard and 
there is no response, you need to be prompt with your action. 

We know that parents teach by doing and children learn by 
seeing. All of life's demands have a similarity in the fact that we 
need to give our prompt attention to our responsibilities. Our 
human nature says, "I'm busy; I'll deal with that matter when it 
suits better." The child must learn that we need his response 
now. 

I once heard an older man say that in training your children, 
you must be as good as your word. Did you ever stop to think 
that if you give a command and it is not carried out, you are not 
as good as your word? Delayed obedience is not really 
obedience but is evidence of the child carrying out his own 
wishes. 

On the other hand, our children deserve our prompt 
attention when they have something to share with us. If we 
expect them to have their ears tuned to our bidding, we need to 
be available for them too. We must develop a relationship that 
works both ways. Do we not say that our heavenly Father 
hears our pleas as well as asks us to live in obedience to Him? 

Good discipline means not only avoiding punishment but 
also loving to do what is good. Prompt obedience will bring 
joy, but response after nagging is distasteful. 

Children can be expected to pick up toys cheerfully, run 
errands without complaint, or regular chores without reminders. 
Older children can learn to respond to an alarm clock, tired or 
not. At first this will take conscious effort on the part of 
parents, but it will yield good fruit in years to come. 

A child can learn to enjoy having his school assignments 
completed ahead of time and come to class prepared to check 
his paper. If his pattern at home is different from that, he will 
not respond to his schoolwork as he should. It may be that 
spring comes, and the ground is fit for sowing oats, and the drill 
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put off being prepared. Yet another obligation that needs 
prompt attention is paying bills. What kind of example are you 
showing your children? Or, Mothers, do you put off preparing 
lunch, knowing Father will arrive at 12:00, and finally you 
cannot possibly have everything ready until 12:10? Habits 
formed at home likely cause delayed obedience at school. 

We need to ask God for wisdom to bring about prompt 
obedience in a child. It will require our alertness to be sure he 
is responding. Our time spent with our children is not lost time. 

Lessons from nature can be learned during times of 
companionship with our children. We know we can count on 
God. He promised summer and winter. Birds hatch from eggs 
in a nest according to God's perfect timing. Our children need 
to see that we have faith in God's timing, and we respond to His 
will and ways. 

My father used to tell of an incident when he was a 
conscientious objector during World War I. The young men 
were stationed in the army camps along with the soldiers. They 
were expected to appear in line for roll call One young man 
named Albert, a CO whose last name started with A, needed to 
be at the front and often came at the last minute. One day as he 
came hurrying to his place, the army captain said, "Albert, you 
will miss heaven if you're late," 

Being prompt and dependable is important. We know we 
can depend on God and His Word, thus our trust is shown by 
our obedience. 

May we build a relationship with our children that shows 
our dependability, and they in turn will respond with trust, 
which, when they mature, will cause them to be— 
"Prompt to serve and follow Thee, 
Loving Him who first loved me." 

By Clarence Neuenschwander 
in The Christian School Builder 



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FOR YOUTH 

Jesus Won 
Another day is closing, 
Another battle done; 
It raged fierce in my spirit, 
But Jesus came and won! 

My Strength was fast departing; 
My spirit soon would sink 
In deep despair, near drowning, 
Close to destruction's brink. 

Swift hurled the tempter's arrows 
To vex and trouble me, 
And in my pain and anguish 
The Light I could not see. 

In grief and desperation 
I cried unto the Lord; 
Quick came the Holy Spirit, 
The seeker's true reward. 

My fainting heart He lifted, 
My hope He did renew 
And sweetly, kindly promised 
He'd see me safely through. 

I know that I can trust Him 
Full safely, for 'tis true, 
That all the Lord has promised 
He faithfully will do. 



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He strengthens us with life anew; 

Bears us through every test; 

His grace will, sure sufficient prove 

To guide us into rest. 
Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
The Uncancelled Stamp 

"Do you think I'll get any birthday cards today?" Benny 
asked his mother who was writing a letter. He had just turned 
five, and getting mail was very exciting to him. 

"You might," she answered. "Can you put a stamp on this 
envelope for me while I finish writing? I want this to go today, 
and I see the postman coming already. We can walk out 
together and see what he has for us." 

"I can't find any stamps!" Benny exclaimed. 

"Oh, that's right! I used them up last week. I guess we 
need to go to the post office and get more. I only have a couple 
dollars cash, but I don't, want to get too many anyway. The 
price of stamps is going up again, I hear," 

The mailman was gone by the time they drove up to the 
mailbox. Benny reached eagerly inside. 

"I got a card from Grandma!" he exclaimed, seeing the 
familiar address label. "And look, Mother! The stamp isn't 
marked! That means I can use it to mail her a thank-you! You 
won't have to use one of your new stamps!" 

Mother became thoughtful as they drove toward town, but 
she didn't answer. 

Later, as Mother was paying for their new stamps, she ' 
asked the postmaster if 34 cents actually covered the cost of 
mailing a letter. 



"It's supposed to," he replied, "but the mail service ended 
this year in the red. They're even thinking to ask Congress for 
funds to help cover it." 

"Does that mean they don't have enough money?" asked 
Benny. "What do they spend it all on?" 

"It takes a lot of people and equipment to get mail through." 
the postmaster answered smiling. 

"And you do very well," Mother added. "In some countries 
it's risky to mail things. They're likely to be lost or stolen. 
Thanks!" 

Benny fingered the uncancelled stamp thoughtfully as they 
headed for home. Then he turned to Mother and stated, 
"Maybe I shouldn't reuse this stamp. They need the money" 

"I should have known my gentle little man would make that 
choice out of compassion. " grinned Mother. Chuckling at his 
shy little smile, she added, "It would also probably be stealing, 
and I know you wouldn't want to do that, even if it is only 
thirty-four cents!" 

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Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 49 MARCH, 2002 : ' No. 3 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world" (I John 4; 14) 

THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED 

"The Lord is risen indeed, " 
And are the tidings true? 
Yes, we beheld the Savior bleed 
And saw Him living too. 

"The Lord is risen indeed," 
Then justice asks no more; 
Mercy and truth are now agreed, 
Who stood opposed before. 

"The Lord is risen indeed," 
Then is His work performed; 
The captive surely now is freed, 
And death, our foe, disarmed. 

"The Lord is risen indeed," 
Attending angels hear; 
Up to the courts of heaven with speed, 
\ The joyful tidings bear. 



While on their golden lyres, 
They strike each cheerful chord 
We join the bright celestial choirs, 
To sing our risen Lord. 

Thomas Kelly, 1802 



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FEET 

"Little feet be careful. . ." Sweet voices of children sound 
out through the school building. ". . ..Where you take me to; 
Anything for Jesus Only let me do." Quite a thought—that our 
feet might be responsible parts of our bodies— that they should 
take us to good places and places of service to Jesus. Look 
down at your feet and take a moment to evaluate what God has 
given. 

In Proverbs 6, one of the things that God hates is "feet that 
be swift in running to mischief." In Romans 3, when Paul 
quotes, "There is none righteous, no, not one," he also quotes 
"Their feet are swift to shed blood." May it not be for our feet. 

Alfred M. Rehwinkel calls the feet "the humblest member of 
man's anatomy." But he writes farther that "the human foot is a 
masterpiece of engineering. It is a miniature suspension bridge 
but more complicated than an ordinary bridge." Our feet, 
though humble, are terribly important to us. Our weight rests 
on them when we stand; they take us where we go. 

A foot is composed of twenty-six bones held together by 
muscles tendons, and ligaments. Not as versatile as our hands, 
our feet are made to hold weight. They are arched, strong, and 
flexible enough to take the jar of running and jumping. As you 
stand, notice your toes adjusting to give balance to the weight 
of your body. When our feet are sore, tired, broken, or "flat," 
our whole body is affected. 

Many congregations of Christians observe feet washing. 
Jesus Himself washed the feet of His disciples and then gave us 
the instaictions in John 13: "If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's 
feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I 
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a plain principle: serving one another. Washing one another's 
feet in itself is not so great a service. We have good ways of 
keeping our feet clean. In fact, feet probably don't get quite so 
dirty as when Jesus was in the flesh and he walked dusty roads 
with open sandals or bare feet. But the service that is 
symbolized here is of primary importance. We do not live 
alone. We are dependant on each other. If we haven't enough 
love to serve one another, we are not only without this help, but 
we are also susceptible to the attacks of Satan in the form of 
resentment, self-pity, loneliness, and lack of inspiration from 
communication with others. So to observe washing feet in a 
ceremony and not practice serving one another in daily living is 
a contradiction at best. 

Jesus said, "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his 
feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all." He 
said this because of Judas who would betray Him. Was Judas 
like dirty feet? Probably worse, as he would not be washed 
inside. Jesus' implication here seems also that we are bathed 
and clean-washed in His blood-baptized with water, but in our 
daily walk, we need constant cleansing from the contamination 
of the world. As we wash one another's feet, can we also be 
involved in the spiritual cleansing God accomplishes in our daily 
lives? We are told to admonish and encourage and strengthen. 

Walking feet leave footprints. In the story of Robinson 
Crusoe, he saw a footprint on the sand one morning. He knew 
immediately that he was not alone on the island as he had 
thought. Jesus left plain "footprints" that identify Him- 
footprints we need to follow. We sing, 

Footprints of Jesus that make the pathway glow! 

We will follow the steps of Jesus where e'er they go. 
How valuable are His footsteps! But where do they lead? 
To the cross. If we would walk where Jesus walked, we must 
go to the cross. 

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Sorrow and love flow mingled down; 
• • ■ Did e'er such' love and sorrow meet, 
Or thorns compose, so rich a crown? 

It was there He suffered for our sins, and it is there we die 
to sin, self, and the world. 

To "sit at one's feet" is to learn from that person. If we sit 
at the feet of teachers of the world, we must weigh their 
teaching by the Word of God. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and 
heard His words. Paul sat at the feet of Gamaliel But it was at 
the feet of Jesus that Paul learned the way of salvation. When 
we sit at Jesus' feet, we see the scars of nails that fastened Him 
to the cross. We get the message of His sufferings and death, 
and we see that this is the way our feet must go, too. 

Feet do not have to be swift in running to mischief or swift 
to shed blood. They can ran to good works and be "swift and 
beautiful" for Jesus. Isaiah 52:7: "How beautiful upon the 
mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that 
publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that 
publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" 
"Him" in this passage means Jesus. But we can also share in 
spreading the good news. Runners of old time brought tidings, 
good and bad. How welcome they were when the news was 
good! 

We don't walk as much, now since cars are so useful and 
distances great. But walking is good for the body and walking 
in the Spirit is good for the soul. Little feet, be careful. You 
are needed in the service of the Master. — L.C. 

JESUS' FEET 
Nail-pierced feet secured to wood; 
Hands and side and brow flow blood; 
Suffering Savior bruised for me; 
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See Him there, O sinner man; 
Fathom love if you but can- 
Love amazing, deep and free; 
Love that reaches worthless me. 

Feet, be swift while you are here 
Walk the path and never fear; • 
Jesus calls us, "Follow Me. 
I will heal you, set you free." 

Sit and learn at Jesus' feet; 
Tollow Him with faith complete. 
"Then go with Him when He comes, 
When He takes His ransomed home. — L.C. 

MATTHEW 16 

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus desiring that He 
would show them a sign from heaven. This showed that they 
were taken up with outward things, visible things, material 
things. Jesus gave His disciples a warning that they beware of 
their doctrine. Matthew 23 shows us some of the doctrine of 
the scribes and Pharisees. All their works were done to be seen 
of men. They exaggerated peculiarities about their garments 
and did ceremonies to appear righteous outwardly, but inwardly 
they were full of extortion and excess, hypocrisy and iniquity. 

Jesus warned His disciples to take heed and beware of the 
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Because the 
disciples had forgotten to take bread, they thought He talked 
about the leaven of bread. But Jesus reminded them of how He 
provided for the multitudes when they had no bread, and they 
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understood that Jesus was not speaking of the leaven of bread, 
but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 

In Matthew 23:2 Jesus said, "The scribes and Pharisees sit 
in Moses' seat." They did have the place of authority in 
preserving and interpreting the Scriptures. Thus in the next 
verse Jesus said, "All therefore whatsoever they bid you 
observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: 
for they say, and do not." 

Jesus wanted His disciples to see something deeper. In 
Matthew 16:13 Jesus asked them, "Whom do men say that I the 
Son of man am?" Verse 15: "But whom say ye that I am?" 
Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living 
God." It was this understanding of who Christ is, that the 
Father revealed to Peter and upon which Christ would build His 
church. He would give to Peter the keys of the kingdom of 
heaven. 

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples how He 
must go to Jerusalem and suffer, be killed, and be raised again 
the third day. Peter still did not fully understand, and he 
rebuked the Lord saying "This shall not be unto Thee." But 
Jesus rebuked Satan: "Thou savourest not the things that be of 
God, but those that be of men." Then Jesus taught them: "If 
any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up 
his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall 
lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find 
it." 

We conclude from this chapter that it is dangerous for us to 
be taken up with outward things in order to please men. This 
kind of leaven can permeate a group and cause us to turn away 
from following the Lord. Jesus wants us to understand in our 
hearts who He is: that He is the Rock of our souls that keeps 
us on the immovable foundation upon which the church is built. 
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ways, or to be approved of men, we need to prove our hearts if 
Christ be in us. We prove this faith when we deny ourselves. 

The man who stood feeling unworthy, in need of God's 
mercy, was justified rather than the self righteous Pharisee. We 
need to see ourselves as having nothing and being nothing, but 
seeing the Lord as one who feeds those who hunger and thirst 
after righteousness. They do not see their own righteousness 
but the Lord's. He is the Bread of Life. We must live in the 
blessing that Christ gives to us and distribute bread from heaven 
to needy souls. This requires self-denial, taking up the cross, 
and willingness to be persecuted for Jesus' sake. If we conform 
to men's ways and gain the whole world but have fallen out of 
the way of Christ, we will lose our soul. The leaven of the 
Pharisees and Sadducees will turn us back from following the 
Lord because it will seek the praise of men. 

"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father 
with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according 
to his works." (Mat. 16:27) When the disciples asked, "What 
shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" Jesus 
answered, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him 
whom he hath sent." (John 6:28,29) You need to be persuaded, 
convinced in your heart what Jesus Christ requires of you as His 
disciple, and do it as unto Him. These works will stand in the 
day of judgment. And as you do them, your heart will be full of 
the joy of the Lord, overflowing to others around you. The : 
blessed God is the fountain of life. Let us show the world that; 
we are His. 

Kenneth Whitehead 
Chamber sburg, Pennsylvania 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Kenneth Johnson 443 8 West Third Street 

West Lebanon, IN 47991 
(765)893-8123 



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I CORINTHIANS 13 FOR FAMILIES 

1. Though we visit much and keep up-to-date on all our 
family news, near and far, if we do not love one another enough 
to be trustworthy and respectful of another's reputation, our 
relationships are shallow and empty. 

2. And though we are talented and used extensively in our 
local church, and though we run a successful family business 
and are highly looked up to in the community, if we do not have 
peace and harmony in our home life, we are nothing. 

3. And though we are known for the donations we have 
made to church projects, and though we have family members 
in voluntary service, and though we have a long line of 
preachers on both sides of the family line, if we hold grudges 
and build barriers between family members, our good deeds 
profit us nothing. 

4. Love causes us to be patient with younger ones who are 
just learning and who do things slowly and imperfectly, as well 
as with older ones who are losing their abilities. It causes us to 
share our possessions, our time, and our hearts. It makes us 
sensitive to the feelings of other family members. 

5. Love. . . 

Does not make messes for others to clean up. 

Does not demand to have its own way. 

Does not put others down. 

Does not tease unmercifully. 

Does not argue or beg when a wish is denied. 

Does not belittle. 

Does not use unkind names. 

Does not compare family members unfavorably. 

Does not purposely irritate. 

Does not blame, tattle, or falsely accuse. 

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Does not pout. 
Does not use crude language. 
Does not say, "I told you so," when right. 
Does not make excuses when wrong. 
I Is not loud, harsh, and abrasive. 

Is not boastful 
Says, "Thank you," and "Please." 

6. Love does not go on and on in describing how wrong a 
child was in misbehavior, nor does it look for faults in a 
companion. It finds no delight in criticism, accusation, or 
complaining about either the present or the past failures of 
family members. Rather, love delights in finding a job well 
done, giving a compliment, expressing gratitude. Love looks 
for opportunities to encourage. 

7. Love bears responsibilities wisely and injustices quietly. 
It does its share and then looks for ways to help others, rather 
than parking on a recliner and grumping if more is asked. .Love 
trusts family members to do right rather than expecting them to 
do wrong. When a family member fails, love is there to help, 
encourage, and pray. And when failure is regular— when a 
family member chooses a wrong path—love fixes its hope-filled 
eyes on God to bring about change in His time, rather than 
attempting to force change on an unwilling heart. Love keeps 
going. It refuses to give up, quit, or turn back. 

8. Love's commitment is absolute and final. It refuses even 
to think of divorce or unfaithfulness. Love goes out to each 
family member freely without requiring a certain level of 
performance to earn it. There will sometimes be a shortage of 
money; sometimes memory will fail; at times, we may overlook 
trials or blessings in one another's lives. 

9. But this will be only because we live in a condition of 
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10. Love itself will never purposely overlook need. 
Through the years, love in a family will grow, commitments will 
deepen, marriage bonds will strengthen, 

11. When I was a child, love made me feel secure, wanted, 
needed, and safe. When I became a man, I desired the same for 
my children and for my grandchildren. 

12. And as I grow older, I realize how little I know, and 
how much in life is out of my control—where my children's 
paths will lead, what will happen when I am gone. But now I 
know too that it is not control that will make my world safe. It 
is love. By one thing only do I want to be known— that is by my 
love, that each one of my family members can feel it, hear it, 
and experience it intensely. 

13. There is faith— that is good. There is hope— that is even 
better. And there is LOVE— it is the greatest. 

John Coblentz 
Selected by Ina Martin 



BIRTHS 
HARRIS - A son, Andreas Michael, born February 2 to Michael 
and Wanda Harris of Nappanee, Indiana. 
ROYER - A son, Tobias John, born February 19 to Joe and 
Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka, Indiana. 



LIKE ALL THE NATIONS 

I Samuel 8:4-5: Then all the elders of Israel gathered 
themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, and 
said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in 
thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 

There was nothing wrong in the other nations' having a 
king, but that was not God's way for the Israelites. It is 
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with the current than to swim up-stream. But we are not meant 
to be dead fish, which always do that. We are meant to be alive 
and strong enough to do something very different. 

So the first thing is to find out what is God's thought for us. 
Then we must pray and live and work in accordance with that 
thought. If we don't, and if, instead, we pray for and receive 
something different, we shall be like those of whom it is written 
in Psalm 106:15: "He gave them their request; but sent leanness 
into their soul " How dreadful it would be to have that sent into 
our souls! Why are we here? 

To please, our Lord in everything. 

To lead as many as we can to Him. 

To prove by our peaceful life together that it is possible 
truly to be one in Him. 

To prepare to be a company of people who will be ready to 
welcome our Lord, and serve during the thousand years— and 
afterwards. 

Amy Carmichael in Whispers of His Power 
Selected by Jack and Helen Williams 



BIBLE WORD STUDY (continued) 
In the following examples, choose the best answer: 

1 . Fetters would have been used for binding— 

A. the hands and feet 

B. the feet only 

2. A man greedy of filthy lucre would be— 

A. greedy of liquor 

B. greedy of money 

C. greedy of base gains 

3. An extortioner would most likely have been involved in- 

A. robbery 

B. act of being a false witness 

C. murder 



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4. dissimulation: 

A. disagreements 

B. derision 

C. hypocrisy 

5. gainsaying: 

A. speaking the untruth 

B. speaking out of place 

C. contradiction, opposition 

6. heady: 

A. intoxicated 

B. headstrong 

C. exceedingly proud 

7. impotent: 

A. blind 

B. without strength 

C. not able to understand or comprehend 

8. purloining: 

A. setting apart for oneself 

B. procrastinating 

C. complaining 

9. upbraid: 

A. rail 

B. reproach 

C. adorn 

10. Fathom A. 606 3/4 feet 

11. Furlong B. 9 1/2 inches 

12. Cubit C. approx. 1 ft. 7 in. 

13. Reed D. approx. 9 1/2 feet 

14. Span E. about 6 feet 

(Answers on back page) 
Stephen and Rhoda Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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FOR YOUTH 

LONGING FOR SPIRITUAL SPRINGTIME 

After the harvest, the dead stalks fall, 
As by the plow the sod is broken, 
So did the Prince mortality wear, 
And let men break His earthly frame 
And lay Him 'neath the sod. 

Then winter lay on all creation, 
And sin's cold grasp the light did dim. 
The rocks were torn by such injustice 
The sun was darkened by the pain 
When Jesus lay beneath the sod. 

Yet death is weak, and He is strong! 
Life and health to Him belong. 
[ The spring of new life shines today. 

Come to Jesus; why delay? 
For through His death is life. 



Shall Jesus die and yet we live? 
And nothing for the price we give! 
Nay, let us like our Master be. 
With Him we'll go to Calvary, 
And die to all our sin! 

Our burial shall be beneath the wave; 
A sign, but this shall not us save. 
Twill give us a conscience to our God, 
Give us assurance to leave this sod 
To meet our heavenly King. 



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Now, my brethren, lift up your eyes 
And see that winter precedes blue skies. 
That death to self is new birth in Him, 
As seed to sprout must first fall and die, 
So shall we live when self we deny. 

Soon shall our longings come to pass, 
And spring shall come with flowers and songs, 
The corn will grow where the old stalks died 
Lord, bring spring to my cold heart! 
Let me rot, and in me grow, 
Make in me a fertile heart. . . 

Calvin R. Johnson 
West Lebanon, Indiana 



THE TONGUE 

Oh, the tongue! No man can tame it! 
Though so often we have tried, 
And in remorse and sorrow 
For forgiveness we have cried. 

It's a great, unruly evil, 
And it tends to sin and strife. 
We must find a way to bridle 
All its usage in our life. 

Yes! There is One Who can tame it: 
He Who calmed the raging sea! 
Cannot He Who ruled the waters 
Do the same for you and me? 
Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



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SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE 

Softly the sewing machine hummed as Sarah sewed. This is 
such fun, she thought. The garment she was making was 
almost finished. "I think I can finish it tonight," Sarah mused to 
herself. But. . .the sewing machine was blotching up. "Oh no," 
Sarah said aloud. She changed the bobbin, but to no avail. 
Then she changed the top thread. "0 good, now it works!" 

The seam was sewn, and as she examined it, she cried in 
dismay: "All that work for nothing! Now I realize why the 
sewing machine didn't want to work. I thought I knew what I 
was doing, but here I sewed the wrong sides together." 

Carefully she ripped out the seam, and while she ripped, she 
was thinking. You know, we are just like that with God. We 
are sure we are doing the right thing, but we really didn't make 
sure it was God's will. God throws things in to hinder us from 
doing it, but we go about it in a different way, confident we're 
doing right. We go through with it, and when we examine it, 
we find we did it all wrong. We should have asked God for 
help and guidance. 

The big difference is that we can't rip out what we did and 
start over. Let us ask God for His help and guidance as we go 
through life and make choices, instead of thinking we know 
better. We will all be blessed! 

Charlesta Hilty 
New Madison, Ohio 



MEETING NOTICES 

April 6 - 7 Bradford, Ohio 
April 20-21 Salida, California 
May 17-19 Annual Meeting, Wakarusa, Indiana 
All are welcome to any of these meetings. Come and bring 
your friends. 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
Like Quarrelling Quail 

I still laugh when I think of the first time I saw Button 
Quail. They were three very little, and very busy, and very 
HAPPY birds. 

Then a man put three more in the pen. They were a 
different color. They were new. THEY DIDN'T BELONG 
THERE! 

The new three were scared and nervous. The old three 
were ANGRY! They wanted the new three to GO AWAY, and 
tried to make sure they DID! This made the new three angry, 
and soon they were ALL so upset nobody was friends with 
ANYBODY! 

When I left, there were six angry little quail running around 
like boxcars all joined together, each hanging on stubbornly to a 
wing feather of the one in front of him. Wasn't that silly of 
those little birds? 

Sometimes WE quarrel or resent new friends, too. But I 
don't think GOD thinks it's fanny, do YOU? 

Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 49 APRIL, 2002 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) ^^^^ 



THE BOY AND THE ACORN 

A very little boy once found 
A tiny acorn on the ground; 
Awhile he held it in his play, 
Then threw it carelessly away. 

Winters and summers ran their round, 
And now on that same spot is found 
A sturdy oak whose branches high 
The winter's fiercest storms defy. 

The child who threw the acorn there 
Has been a man this many a year; 
But though a large, strong man is he, 
He never could uproot that tree. 

And so 'tis with our habits strong; 
They grow, each day, for right or wrong; 
And he who forms them as he should 
Will see that every one is good. 

Author unknown to us 



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VOLUNTEERS 
(A MESSAGE FOR COMMITTED CHRISTIANS) 

Volunteers are a rare species. I say this because I believe 
there are very, very few who work for nothing, as wages come 
in different forms. 

This week is designated as "Volunteers Week" in our 
country. President Bush, in his state of the union message, 
called upon all citizens to volunteer (in a lifetime) 4000 hours or 
two years to help relieve this nation of the stresses of poor 
economy and fear of terrorism. When people band together for 
a common cause, whether it be for country or for the Kingdom 
of God, benefits follow. "Two are better than one; because 
they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the 
one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he 
falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." (Eccl. 4:9,10) 

This country, perhaps more than any other, is a nation of 
individuals. Many have a circle of friends but do not know or 
care to know their close neighbors. We like our independence. 
We can be this way because of the prosperity God has given. 
We should be thankful, but too often we are like the Laodiceans 
who said, "I am rich and increased with goods, and have need 
of nothing." But the Savior's evaluation of them (and of us?) 
was: "(Thou) knowest not that thou art wretched, and 
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." 

God has ways, of bringing us down from pride and 
independence. Sickness and sorrow are not always punishment; 
they teach us much about dependence; friends are suddenly very 
valuable. When we have a true view of life, we realize we are 
very needy of help. Our independence is a facade— imaginary- 
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some way is an answer to this universal need for friends— for 
someone to love and care. 

Jesus calls us to His service. In a sense it is voluntary. But 
again, wages have different forms. After Jesus' encounter with 
the Samaritan woman (John 4), He told His disciples, "Lift up 
your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to 
harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth 
fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that 
reapeth may rejoice together." Was Jesus offering a wage in 
money? No, but He promised rewards of rejoicing—true 
happiness. If you want to be happy, make others happy. 

Those who volunteer their time and effort, find rewards that 
money cannot buy. Volunteering is a form of giving—whether it 
be in a hospital, in a community project, helping a friend in 
harvest, or taking a meal to a needy family. Jesus calls us to 
share the Gospel to help in the harvest of souls. What greater 
reward could we ask than to see a soul pass from death to life in 
the Lord Jesus Christ? 

Brother Dan Mohler used to remind us, "It is surprising 
how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the 
credit." It's not in human nature to enjoy seeing someone else 
praised for a job we have done. But we are called to be 
"partakers" of the divine nature. The divine nature recognizes 
true values that are not limited to the temporary rewards of this 
life, otherwise called the "praise of men." How good it is for 
Christians to voluntarily help and care for one another and for 
others too! Jesus said "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of 
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." -L.C. 



OFFENCES 

"It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto 
him, through whom they come!" (Luke 17:1) Jesus also in 
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for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by 
whom the offence cometh!" Dearly beloved, these are serious 
words, but I receive great consolation from Psalm 119:165 
where the psalmist proclaims: "Great peace have they which 
love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." 

Even among our closest friends, it seems that there is a 
continuous tendency by reason of error or human nature to say 
things that seem to rile or upset one another. This is one 
example of offence, but the context of offence as spoken by the 
Lord is an action or speech that would cause another person to 
stumble or depart from the path of righteousness. I believe the 
Lord is speaking to those who have been instructed in the way 
of the Lord. I know of no aspect of our Christian experience 
that should give us greater cause for self examination in what 
we do or say. Also there is responsibility on our part to not 
take offence but to love our neighbor in giving him the benefit 
of the doubt when we receive unsettling words or feel we have 
been wronged. 

One of the most critical aspects of our relationship with our 
fellow believer is to not offend or cause our brother to stumble. 
We are speaking of his relationship to the Lord and His church. 
In my study of church history, I have found that the primary 
reason for problems has been the element of selfishness. This 
emphasizes the need for the teaching of self denial in the 
Scriptures. Even claims of mistrust among members has its 
roots in self interest. Time spent in reasoning together is so 
much more profitable than spending time and thought on how 
to prove our point. Perhaps the most serious result of allowing 
selfish interests to affect our fellowship is the impact it has on 
our. children and young people. This thing ought not to be! 
Again I quote from the Psalms; "Great peace have they which 
love thy law and nothing shall offend them." 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



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HOW MUCH DOES CHRIST MEAN TO YOU? 

Do we comprehend the unsearchable riches of Christ, His 
unspeakable gift? Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well: 
"If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to 
thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and 
he would have given thee living water." (John 4:10) 

Usually we don't consider anything to be free. We feel that 
we must work for what we get. So the gift of God, in a human 
way of thinking, is hard to accept. But beloved, not until we 
are touched with that wondrous love, the exceeding riches of 
His grace, and have fallen on that Rock Jesus and been broken, 
can the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy 
Ghost be accomplished. "That being justified by his grace, we 
should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." 
(Titus 3 :7) We must remember that Christ died for us while we 
were yet sinners and unworthy of that great sacrifice made for 
us. 

Kenneth Garber 
Athens, Wisconsin 



BAPTISMS 
Heidi Brown California Congregation March 1 
Heather Cover California Congregation March 10 

We trust that these young sisters will have the guidance of 
the Spirit and serve in the Kingdom all their days. 

BIRTHS 
CONING - A son, Chad Benjamin, born March 1 to Thad and 
Suzanne Coning of Goshen, Indiana. 

ROYER - A daughter, Shantel Darlene, born March 4 to Joel 
and Leanne Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



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FOCUS ON THE FATHER 

When the prodigal son came home to his father, the older 
brother did not receive him well. (Luke 15:25-32) God does 
not take such an attitude lightly. See Matthew 18 and Romans 
14:1-15. 

It is a very serious offense to wound and discourage new 
believers, especially those who were not reared in a plain 
church. How often do we find fault over issues that are really 
not a matter of spiritual life and death? Of course they don't do 
things just the same as we— do they have to? We all need the 
support of fellow believers, and this is even more true for them. 
Give them time and room to grow. 

But notice that the prodigal son came home to his father, 
not his brother. If he had depended too heavily on his brother, 
he would have soon left again. Even faithful brothers in Christ 
can let us down, for they are human. If we do not keep our 
eyes on the Father, we will begin to forget His love, and the 
world will call once again. 

What a horrible fate that would be, "For if after they have 
escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of 
the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled 
there in, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than 
the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have 
known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, 
to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But 
it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog 
is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed 
to her wallowing in the mire." (II Peter 2:20-22) 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH IN WORD AND DEED 

At the time King Uzziah died, Isaiah the prophet saw the 
Lord upon His throne. (Isa. 6) The overriding conviction of his 
own undoneness was his speech. His words were not clean. 
"Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean 
lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for 
mine eyes have seen the King." (6:5) With the cleansing of his 
speech, his sin was taken away. This harmonizes with James 
3:2: M . . .If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect 
man, and able also to bridle the whole body." "Death and life 
are in the power of the tongue," (Pro. 18:21) Jesus said if we 
confess Him before men, He will confess us before His Father in 
heaven and the holy angels. Rom. 10:10: n . . .With the mouth 
confession is made unto salvation." While the kingdom of God 
is not in word, but in power, yet words are important; we will 
answer for every idle word we speak. By our words we will 
either be justified or condemned. (Matt. 12:36,37) 

Only God's words have power. "He that is of God heareth 
God's words." (Jn. 8:47) Truth is more that a formula. When 
our heart and words line up with the Spirit of Truth (our 
Heavenly Father), then they have power. If not, they are just 
words. Words that come by the Holy Spirit have power. 
Whatever God does shall be forever. (Ecc. 3:14) 

We don't just walk by truth, look at truth, and say, "I like it. 
I think I'll try to live that way." We walk in truth; truth comes 
and lives within us. (II Jn. 2, III Jn. 3) Some people say there 
are all kinds of truth: Jesus' truth, world truth, my truth, your 
truth. But according to Scripture, Jesus Christ is the truth. 
Truth is eternal 

Truth is no lie and makes no lie. A lie is not what it 
appears; therefore it is a lie. A hypocrite likewise is living a lie. 
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important. Whatever God does is forever. He takes us 
wherever we are, even if we are living a lie. He shows us the lie 
we are living and the darkness we are walking in. When we 
confess our darkness and sins, and put our trust in Him who is 
the Truth, we start our journey on the highway of Truth. We 
walk together, having received a love for the truth. He is our 
Father, and the world does not know us. The light shines in 
darkness, but the darkness does not comprehend. It is so good 
to know we are not upheld by the acceptance or rejection of 
men. If we are God's children, He upholds us. Hallelujah! 

Only that which is in harmony with the mind of Christ, with 
the light that He gives, is truth. The darkness is so because His 
light declares it so. Therefore when we judge righteously, we 
speak truth, even when we speak of negative things like sin, 
Satan, and darkness. 

It is interesting to look at the life of Jesus and see His 
actions. When Lazarus died, He didn't pretend he had not died, 
although He called it sleep. He did not laugh, He wept. When 
on the cross, He didn't pretend all was well when it wasn't. He 
cried, "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? " Do we 
ever see Him speaking or acting contrary to truth? No, His life 
showed forth truth. So those who think we should always smile 
and laugh and cause everyone to like us do not understand. As 
children of light, we bring light to the darkness. 

We should walk a^ Jesus walked. If we do, we will not be 
popular with the world, They will hate us as they hated Him. 
The world says, "Love me when I sin. Smile, pretend all is 
well." If we do this, we are condoning a lie. They who live a 
lie will love us for it, and hell will be fuller because of it. In 
that light, this Scripture has meaning: "As sorrowful, yet alway 
rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and 
yet possessing all things." (II Cor. 6:10) Truth is all important. 
Truth is eternal. Do we love the Truth? 

Kevin Garber, Athens, Wisconsin 



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HYMN HISTORY 

I Am Not Skilled to Understand 

There must have been many things Dora Greenwell could 
not understand. She was born into a well-to-do English family, 
but her father died when she was young and the family estate 
had to be sold. She was plagued with fragile health as she lived 
alone in' London. She worked with mentally and physically 
handicapped children. Why did they have to suffer so? 

When she was thirty-nine, Dora Greenwell wrote her first 
book The Patience of Hope. She was beginning to see how 
important patience is for dealing with life's hard questions. 
When she compiled her book Songs of Salvation, she included 
this poem: 

I am not skilled to understand 

What God hath willed, what God hath planned; 

I only know at His right hand 

Stands One who is my Saviour. 

I take Him at His word indeed: 
"Christ died for sinners," this I read; 
And in my heart I find a need 
Of Him to be my Saviour 

And was there then no other way 
For God to take? I cannot say; 
I only bless Him, day by Day, 
Who saved me through my Saviour. 

Yes, living, dying, let me bring 
My strength, my solace from this spring, 
That He who lives to be my King 
Once died to be my Saviour. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and 
Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 

Tyndale House -Publishers, Inc. Allrights reserved. 

Jean Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



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YOU TOLD ME OF JESUS 

When the voice of the master is calling, 
And the gates' into heaven unfold, 
And the saints of all ages are gathering 
And are thronging into the city of gold; 
How my heart shall o'erflow with rapture 
If a brother shall greet me and say, 
"You pointed my footsteps to heaven; 
You told me of Jesus the Way. " 
Author unknown 
Selected by David and Mildred Skiles 

NOTE OF THANKS 

We thank God and desire to express our gratitude and 
appreciation for the prayers, support, and financial assistance 
we received from you all during my hospital stay in California 
last summer. May your goodwill and assistance be as treasure 
laid up in heaven, waiting to bless you in eternity. 

Kent and Wanda Brubaker and Family 



BREVITY 

We learn brevity from Jesus. 
His great sermon can be read in eight minutes. (Matt. 5-7) 
His best-known story can be read in ninety seconds. (Luke 
15:11-32) 

He summarized prayer in five phrases. (Matt. 6:9-13) 
He silenced accusers with one challenge. (John 8:7) 
He rescued a soul with one sentence. (Luke 23:43) 
He summarized the Law in three verses. (Mark 12:29-3 1) 
He reduced all His teachings to one command. (John 15:12) 

He made His point and went home. 

Selected by Kenneth Martin from a daily calendar 



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CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 
WHO THEN IS WILLING? 

How thankful we are that the work of the Christian school 
is the work of the Lord and not of men. How futile our efforts 
would be if God's blessing were not on our work! But God 
does not do this kind of work alone. He uses consecrated 
human beings to do His work here on earth. 

Much effort has been put forth in the last forty years to 
bring us to where we are today. Faithful brethren and sisters 
consecrated their service to the Lord's work to start church- 
operated schools and produce Bible-based textbooks. Other 
faithful ones consecrated their service by supporting the schools 
and publishing efforts in a financial way, many times giving, 
what from a natural viewpoint, they could ill afford to give. 

In light of this, who then today is willing to consecrate his 
service to the work of the school? We thank God for the many 
who are! In order for our schools to continue to be a blessing, 
we need to continue to have a united commitment to the work. 

God is calling parents to commit themselves to His work- 
parents who by their everyday lives give evidence of having 
"been with Jesus;" parents who joyfully find themselves in 
harmony with the church and school, and who faithfully do their 
part to support them; and parents who in the fear of God train 
their children in His ways, with the desire that their children in 
turn would consecrate themselves to God's service. 

God is calling for willing consecration from church and 
school administrators-ministers who look toward the horizon 
with a vision to keep our schools on a safe course; and school 
boards who pay attention to difficulties that arise, willingly 
addressing the many seemingly little things that need to be taken 
care of for the smooth operation of the school. 



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God is calling to the youth of our churches to consecrate 
their service to His work— youth who are walking with Him and 
giving expression of having been renewed in their minds; and 
youth who are willing to give their time and energy— some 
youth to teach school and others to freely give of their finances 
to help make school operation and textbook preparation and 
production possible. 

God is calling our dedicated teachers to willingly carry the 
great responsibility of helping to mold the lives of the church of 
tomorrow— teachers who are sensitive to the individual needs of 
their students; teachers who endeavor by the grace of God to be 
godly examples to their pupils; and teachers who directly and 
indirectly inject Biblical principles into their teaching. 

"And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day 
unto the Lord?" We thank God for the many who have 
answered, "I am." Be faithful! 

Jonathan Reinford in The Christian School Builder 



GOD IS ENOUGH 

Along the shores of loneliness 
The way seems hard and long; 
No flowers bloom; no children laugh; 
No sparrow has a song. 

And of course I couldn't understand 
When the Savior bid me go 
And sojourn on those lonely shores 
Where flowers do not grow. 

But He said that I would find a flower 
Growing in the sand, 
And if I would but walk by faith,. 
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And so He led me from my friends 
To a very lonely shore 
And bade me walk where He had walked 
So many years before. 

But the sand was hot, and the dunes were high, 

And I stumbled on my way; 

And along the shores of loneliness 

I really learned to pray. 

No more a hurried whisper 

To bless the road I trod, 

But the anguished cry of a broken soul 

That needed more of God. 

And then just like He told me 
On the barren path and rough, 
A found a flower growing there 
Whose name was "God is enough." 

"God is enough," O precious thought! 
When the road is hard and the sand is hot, 
Though I had to find it on a lonely shore, 
"God is enough" and I need no more. 

(It's not that I don't have a need 
For church and friends and stuff, 
But I had to walk without those things 
And I learned that "God is enough,") 

Michelle Richard 
Selected by Annalea Taylor 



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FOR YOUTH 
DELIVERED, INDEBTED 

From our sins we've been delivered 
By the Saviour's cleansing blood. 
Our hearts and lives He purified 
To reconcile to God. 
Our hearts well up in gratitude 
For all that He has done, 
And in repentance haste to run 
The new race that we've begun. 

So deeply we're indebted; 

In no way can we repay! 

Our lives are bound to service true 

Upon the Narrow Way. 

We never can do quite enough 

For Him who shed His blood, 

But serve Him till at last we meet 

Before the throne of God. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Joe and Laura Cover 2142, 240th St. 

Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-5140 



Two things which are hard on the heart are running up hill 
and running down people. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE: Charity Suffereth Long 

"Come, Charity, I'm ready to comb your hair," Mother 
called one morning. 

"Here I am," Charity said as she climbed onto the stool 
"I'm ready to start learning verse four of I Corinthians 13, 
remember, Mother?" 

"Yes, I do remember," Mother answered. "Can you say the 
first three verses first?" 

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels. . ." 
Charity began quoting. After she had said the first three verses 
perfectly, Mother said, "Now, verse four starts 'Charity 
suffereth long, and is kind.'" 

"What does 'suffereth long' mean, Mother?" Charity asked. 

"Well, suffer means to endure pain or something unpleasant. 
If we suffer long, we put up with something unpleasant 
someone is doing without getting angry at them or doing 
something mean to them. And we do this a long time. We are 
patient with them." Mother explained. "Now, can you say that 
part of verse four several times?" 

"Charity suffereth long and is kind," Charity said over and 
over until she thought she knew it. By that time, Mother was 
putting the last barrette in her hair. 

"Please put your comb and brush away. It is time for Doug 
to be coming." 

"Do we have to keep Doug, Mother? Why can't someone 
else keep him?" 

"We want to keep Doug to help his mother while she needs 
to be at the hospital with her mother. Why? Aren't you glad to . 
have a playmate?" Mother said. 

"I like to play with Doug," Charity answered, "but 
sometimes he is so mean! He hits and kicks. Yesterday, he bit 
me, and it hurt so bad I could hardly keep from crying." 



"Where did he bite you?" Mother wanted to know. 

Charity pushed up her sleeve to show Mother a nasty bruise 
with definite teeth marks in it. "Right here above my elbow," 
she said. 

"Why didn't you tell me before?" Mother asked. 

"Because I didn't want to be a tattletale, and I didn't want to 
get Doug in trouble," Charity told her. 

"Hmmmm, I see my daughter is living up to her name," 
Mother said. '"Charity suffereth long.' Do you understand now 
what that means?" 

Charity nodded her head. 

"But I'm glad you told me now. Because we love Doug, we 
must not let him keep being mean. He needs to be trained to be 
kind. Ill try to watch him closer. If he starts being mean, you 
just quietly come stand by me, okay?" 

"Yes, Mother," Charity smiled at her. Then, looking out the 
window, she said, "Here they come!" 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 49 MAY r 2002 : No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

BLESS THIS MOTHER 



Bless this mother, Lord, we pray! 
Guide her footsteps night and day: 
Grant her courage, joy, and peace. 
Let Thy blessings never cease. 
Thank You,. Lord, that through the years. 
In the midst of toil and tears, 
Thou hast kept her strong and true. 
Seeking out Thy will to do, 
Holding forth the Word of Life, 
Standing firm in times of strife, 
Trusting in Thy mighty hand, 
Pressing on at Thy command. 
Thank You, Lord, that through her days 
Thou hast filled her heart with praise. 
Thou hast kept her faithfully 
Pointing other souls to Thee, 
Helping others in their need 
By a kindly word or deed, 
Sharing every anxious care, 
Giving of herself in prayer. 
Bless this mother, Lord, we plead! 
In the past Thou hast indeed! 
Make her future life to be 
Like incense rising up to Thee. - 
Eugene L. Clark 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 



WAIT 

They say, "Good things come to those who wait." I would 
add, "to those who wait on the Lord." Jesus told the apostles 
after His resurrection, "Wait for the promise of the Father, 
which ye have heard of me." They waited and were rewarded 
in a way they could not have imagined. When the Holy Spirit 
came, a church of one hundred twenty became a church of three 
thousand in one day. Had we been there, we too would have 
asked, "What meaneth this?" 

Before His little group of followers, Jesus laid a task 
impossible to their abilities. How could twelve or even ten 
times that many carry the Gospel of Jesus to proud Jerusalem, 
not to mention all Judea, Samaria, and "the uttermost part of 
the earth"? Jerusalem had just crucified Jesus, and what might 
they do to His puny followers? 

Jesus promised them power if they would wait— just wait. 
Their response: "Wilt thou at this time restore again the 
kingdom to Israel?" It was a question in the hearts of many 
Israelites as they chafed under the rule of Rome. Jesus didn't 
tell them this would never happen. He told them, "It is not for 
you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put 
in his own power." In His ministry He had already told them 
much about the kingdom; "The kingdom of God cometh not 
with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! 
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 
17:20,21) To their leaders He had warned, "Therefore say I 
unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and 
given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matt.21:43) 
That new nation seems to be a new Israel— a true Israel— a born 
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form it takes, the kingdom is the government of God. Someday 
he will fulfill completely the prayer He gave us, "Thy kingdom 
come." 

They did not have long to wait. When Jesus had finished 
giving His commission to them, ". . .while they beheld, he was 
taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." Two 
men appeared in white apparel. They promised that Jesus 
would come again "in like manner as ye have seen him go into 
heaven." Surely from that time, the Mount of Olives was 
special to them. Possibly they glanced often at the mountain to 
get the first view of Jesus coming in the clouds. After nearly 
2000 years, He still has not returned. But the promise remains, 
and His people look for Him to come when the Father decrees 
it is the time. 

Jesus' disciples waited, but not idly. They continued with 
one accord in prayer and supplication. They also determined 
God's will in the appointment of Matthias to replace Judas. 

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they found what 
they were waiting for. They were all filled with the Holy 
Ghost-they were baptized with the Holy Ghost as Jesus had 
told them a few days before. The promised power was poured 
out upon them, and they were never the same. Fearful, honor- 
seeking men became bold and selfless. No longer did they meet 
behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. They proclaimed on 
the house top what they had been told in secret. When we 
consider the task before them and the way God supplied them 
with power, we must admit that it was the only way it could 
have been done. 

What are we waiting for? Jesus spoke comforting words to 
His followers: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good 
pleasure to give you the kingdom. . . Let your loins be girded 
about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men 
that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; 
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immediately." (Luke 12:32,35,36) "And the Lord direct your 
hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for 
Christ." 

As we wait, are we busy in prayer and obedience as they 
were before Pentecost? Jesus said to go into all the world with 
the Gospel. If we claim obedience to all the word of God, we 
must obey this command. Alexander Mack wrote, "I do not 
think that a single commandment of the Lord Jesus dare be 
considered insignificant, if we consider the power and might of 
the Sovereign without reluctance." Far from insignificant, this 
order to go into the world was a great command and the last He 
gave. Even when Paul told the Colossians that the gospel "was 
preached to every creature which is under heaven," he did not 
rest and stop preaching. As the song says, we should "Tell it 
wherever we go." 

After Jesus' resurrection, He told His disciples, "Peace be 
unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." 
May we be among those who wait and obey. — L.C. 



TO KNOW HIM 

I fear many know about Him, that this Jesus died many 
years ago that we could be rescued and saved. But to know 
Him is more than knowing about Him. To really know Him is a 
very close, intimate relationship. This mystery of "Christ in you 
the hope of glory" has deep meaning. Emmanuel means God 
with us, for God said. "I will dwell in them." Can an all wise, all 
powerful God dwell in us and we not know it? The Word says, 
"Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be 
reprobates?" (worthless, castaway) 

The kingdom of God is within you. It starts when we are 
regenerated. "Unless ye be converted and become as little 
children, ye shall in no wise enter the kingdom." "If we say we 



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have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do 
not the truth/ 1 There will be those in that day, saying Lord, 
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name 
done many wonderful works, but he will say to them; depart 
from me ye that work iniquity, I never knew you! It is not in 
man to direct his own steps. Man needs the power of the Holy 
Ghost, the indwelling Christ. 

". . .God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." Jesus 
said, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not 
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." "If ye abide in 
me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it 
shall be done unto you." Do we believe God's promises? 
Believing God is so important. A little child fully believes his 
parent. Dear Parent, how would you feel if your little child 
would not trust and believe you? Think how our heavenly 
Father must feel when we do not show confidence and trust and 
faith in Him. The children of Israel could have entered the 
promised land. God said they could go in and possess the land, 
the good land where brooks and vales were, a land flowing with 
milk and honey. You would think that after seeing all the 
power of God to deliver them from bondage of Egypt (sin), 
they would believe. But, dear reader, we do exactly the same 
thing. Jesus has died for our sins. He has destroyed the power 
of sin and Satan. If we would only believe, we could enter the 
promised kingdom where God would fight our battles. He is 
not a dead God, but a living God who is the same yesterday, 
today, and forever. 

Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for 
righteousness. He walked out from his people and land, not 
knowing where he went. At God's command, he was ready to 
sacrifice his son on Mt. Moriah. He was told to do things that 
were not easy for the flesh. He was. tested by God to see if he 
would be faithful. Do you think that God is testing us? Yes, 
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found faithful? The Scriptures teach that there are those who 
have not inquired of the Lord! Others seek by a list of rules or 
by a law and not by the hearing of faith. There are others who 
do not ask in faith. We are taught that we must ask in faith, 
nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the 
sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think 
he shall receive anything of the Lord! This matter is so serious 
that the fearful and unbelieving are classed right along with 
other terrible sins such as abominable, murderers, 
whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars that shall have 
their part in the lake of fire. (Rev. 21:8) Oh, let's wake up to 
the truth of the importance of believing our Creator and 
Saviour. Remember He wants fellowship and communion with 
us, and He wants true worship. The one who is joined to the 
Lord is one Spirit. (I Cor. 6:17) 

In old times the Word says they limited the Holy One of 
Israel. Are we limiting the Holy One of Israel? Jesus was 
asked, "What shall we do that we might work the works of 
God." He answered, "This is the work of God that ye believe 
on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:28,29) Do we understand 
that without Jesus, we can do nothing? Do we understand how 
God has designed for His Holy Spirit to direct us into all truth? 
What is the problem? Man wants to have control and is afraid 
to let God work in us both to will and to do of His good 
pleasure. This error is as old as the history of mankind, and 
Satan loves to have it so, for he is the deceiver wanting to 
divert our faith and trust from our Creator and Saviour. 

Kenneth Garber 
Athens, Wisconsin 



Television permits you to be entertained in your living room 
by characters you would never entertain in your living room. 

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A MOTHER'S LEGACY 

Now mothers, are you weary? 
And are tear drops on your way? 
Are you buckling under, nearly 
With the work load in your day? 

While you're daily guiding footsteps 
Of your sons upon their way; 
Not knowing for sure their thinking, 
Makes tears now when you pray. 

As you see the daily changes 
With these daughters that are ours; 
Changes coming oh, so swiftly; 
Now where went those precious hours? 

Now mothers, are you weary? 
For there is a daily load 
And it's hard now to be cheery 
With our children on the road. 

So mothers, keep on trying, 

For there's legacy in years; 

There are joys though you are crying, 

Beauty in your prayerful tears. 

Are the struggles really worth it? 
Then you gaze upon their lives; 
Years later, oh the profits 
Of your children's Godly souls. 

Now mothers, there are tear drops, 
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Keep going— never stopping 

For the children you've brought forth. 

So mothers, if you're weary, 
And the tears drop on your way; 
Look at those you love so dearly: 
Safe in Heaven, as you've prayed 

Mothers, there's a legacy 
To this work within your day; 
Struggle on so patiently 
For the glad reunion day! 

Vicki L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 



NON-CONFORMITY 

"And be not conformed to this world." Romans 12:2 

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms 
to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. Such a bare 
salvation is almost as much to be dreaded as desired. Reader, 
would you wish to leave this world in the darkness of a 
desponding death bed, and enter heaven as a shipwrecked 
mariner climbs the rocks of his native country? then be worldly; 
be mixed up with Mammonites, and refuse to go without the 
camp bearing Christ's reproach. But would you have a heaven 
below as well as a heaven above? Would you comprehend with 
all saints what are the heights and depths, and know the love of 
Christ which passeth knowledge? Would you receive an 
abundant entrance into the joy of your Lord? Then come ye out 
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unclean thing. Would you attain the full assurance of faith? 
You cannot gain it while you commune with sinners. Would 
you flame with vehement love? Your love will be dampened by 
the drenching of godless society. You cannot became a great 
) Christian— you may be a babe in grace, but you never can be a 

perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the 
worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It 
is ill for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of 
hell. It has a bad look when a courtier is too intimate with his 
king's enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. 
Little thorns make great blisters; little moths destroy fine 
garments; and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob 
religion of a thousand joys. O professor, too little separated 
from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity 
to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength and makes 
you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own 
comfort's sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you 
be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one. 
From Evening by Evening, devotions by C. H. Spurgeon, 
with permission of the publisher, Baker Book House 
Selected by Linda Frick 



JUSTICE AND PAYMENT 

Several years ago in California, a young woman was 
stopped for speeding. She was given a ticket and sentenced to 
appear before the judge. The judge read off her citation and 
asked, "What is your plea? Guilty or not guilty?" "Guilty, your 
honor," she replied. The judge brought down the gavel and 
said, "$100 or ten days." 

Then an amazing thing happened. The judge stood up, took 
off his robe, went over to the clerk, and paid the fine in full. 
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loved his daughter, to be sure, but at that moment he was her 
judge. His daughter had broken the law. He couldn't simply 
say, "Because I love you, I forgive you. You may now leave." 
If he had done that, there would have been a miscarriage of 
justice in his court. He would not have remained a righteous 
judge. By paying the fine himself, the law was satisfied, justice 
was done, and his daughter was set free. 

In a similar way, God sat upon His judgment throne and 
passed the heaviest penalty the law would allow upon sin. 

Was God being too severe when he imposed the sentence of 
death upon man for his disobedience? Could He have imposed 
a lighter sentence and still have remained just? God didn't think 
so. When He said the penalty for sinning would be death, He 
was imposing the only penalty that His righteousness would 
allow. Nothing less could adequately express His displeasure 
for sin and His determination to resist it. 

No matter how much God loved man, He was forced to 
bring down the gavel of death. His justice wouldn't allow Him 
to do less. Because God loved man so deeply, He came to 
earth in the person of Jesus Christ and paid off man's debt in 
full. He did it by dying as man's substitute on a hill called 
Calvary. "Once in the end of the age," Scripture says, "Christ 
appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. . . He by 
the grace of God tasted death for every man." (Heb. 9:26; 2:9) 

. It's true, Christ healed the sick, cast out demons, restored 
withered hands, cleansed lepers of their disease, caused the 
lame to walk, and raised the dead to life. But this was not His 
primary reason for coming. His primary reason for coming was 
to give His life as a ransom for sin; to lay a foundation for God 
to forgive sin, not at the expense of His righteousness, but in 
keeping with it. 

From The Missionary Messenger 
Selected by Martha Wagner 



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THE DUTIES OF PARENTS 

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is 
old he will not depart from it Proverbs 22:6 

This subject, the duties of parents, is a very large one. I 
shall aim to say the most important things concerning it, but 
shall still be conscious of leaving unsaid many things that are 
also important. 

The text presents a very important principle underlying the 
duties of parents. Children are to be trained. They are to be 
trained in the right way; and being trained in the right way, they 
gain an impetus that keeps them in the right way when they are 
no longer under your care. You are to call to their help and 
your help the force of habit. 

1 . Parents shoidd give their children sound bodies and a 
good physical training. 

The responsibility for this begins long before the child is 
born. "Like produces like" is the law of nature. To give your 
children sound bodies, you must have sound bodies yourselves. 
You may do much after they are born to give them good health 
and train them to good physical habits, but the best foundation 
for such training is good health and good habits for yourself. 
The subject of prenatal influence over children is of exceeding 
importance to parents, and some very plain words ought to be 
spoken on the subject. 

A volume might be written on the duty of looking after the 
physical training of children. I can mention only a few things. 
See that you children get plain, wholesome food, and plenty of 
it; good pure air, and plenty of it, by day and night; good 
wholesome exercise and innocent fun, and plenty of them; good 
sound sleep at night, and plenty of it. That is a pernicious 
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considerable time every day for play. For a child under eight or 
ten years of age, three or four hours of study; and for a child 
under fifteen or sixteen, five or six hours of good honest study- 
including time for recitations— is all that should be allowed or 
required. Anything more will endanger the child's health. Any 
system of education that requires more of the average child 
should receive the protest of every parent. It is better for the 
child not to learn so many things, or else be a few years longer 
in learning them, than to endanger the sound body, without 
which there cannot be a perfectly sound mind. 

It is your duty to teach your children, in proper ways and at 
proper times, the evil effects upon the human body of alcoholic 
drinks, tobacco, secret vice, late hours, irregular meals, 
uncleanliness, etc. Train your children physically in the way in 
which they should go, and when they are old they will not 
depart from it. 

2. You should give your children a good education. 

They have the right to expect from you, or through you, 
such a mental and moral training as will best fit them for the 
manifold duties of life. The foundation for this kind of training, 
too, is laid before the child is born, and it should be carried on 
through all the years of infancy and childhood. You cannot turn 
this work over to others, although others may help in it. The 
school teacher is only your assistant in the work. 

The mind of a child is an interrogation point, and even 
before it can frame its questions into words, its little mind is 
asking many questions, and querying about many things in this 
new, strange world that it has entered. Do not get out of 
patience with its many questions. Answer them all patiently. If 
you do not answer them, you are cheating the child out of an 
important part of its education. 

When your children are old enough, send them to school. 
Do not keep them out to work or visit. Work harder yourself, 
if need be, that they may have the time to study. . . 



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When your children go to school, help them all you can in 
their studies. Watch their progress. Provide for them the 
necessary books. Visit their schools and see what kind of 
assistants you have there, and what kind of work they are 
doing. 

I remember well how my mother, with the work and care of 
a large family, would help her children in their studies as far as 
she could, and then rejoice that they were able to go further 
than she had been able to go. , . 

As a part of their education, a part of their training for this 
W e ? y° u should see that they learn and practise correct moral 
principles, and shun all bad habits. For this there is no better 
textbook than the Bible. And there are no better teachers than 
parents who themselves practise the purest morality. 

Train up a child mentally and morally in the way he should 
go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. And before 
he is old he will achieve that success in life which he could not 
achieve without such training. 

If, when you come to die, you can leave your children a 
good physical and mental and moral education, you have left 
them a better legacy by far than you would if you had willed to 
each one a million dollars. . . 

3 . To be implicitly and anquestioningly obedient, obedient 
to parental, school, civil, and divine authority. 

To this end they must be reproved, corrected and sometimes 
punished. 

The Bible lays strong emphasis on this. 

"He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth 
him chasteneth him betimes." (Proverbs 13:24) 

"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul 
spare for his crying." (Proverbs 19:18) 

"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of 
correction shall drive it far from him." (Proverbs 22:15) 



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These passages are far from justifying harshness or cruelty. 
They do not justify corporal punishment when the end can be 
gained without it. But they do teach that the evil and pain of 
corporal punishment afflicted from love are insignificant 
compared with the evils flowing from the habit of disobedience. 
The parent who does not teach his child to obey, is cruel, 
absolutely cruel, to that child, (to be continued) 

From Home Duties by R. T. Cross (printed in 1896) 



BAPTISM 
Lora Huffman Ohio Congregation April 1 1 
We thank God for the decision of this young sister and trust 
she will be guided by the Spirit and serve the Lord all her days. 



BIRTHS 
COVER - Daughters, lanessa Ann and Janelle Elaine, born 
April 6 to Sam and Lois Cover of Tuolumne, California. 
MARTIN - A son, Grant Kenneth, born April 10 to Neil and 
Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



FOR YOUTH 
TRUST 
My heart is bleeding, my heart is sad; 
Grief has o'ershadowed the joy that I had. 

My strength is broken; how can I go on? 
The road is so long! Can the victory be won? 

I don't understand this dark, winding way; 
I thought I was traveling to Heaven's fair day. 

But I'm not offended, my Father, in You; 
Whoever else fails me, I know Thou art true. 



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I'll trust in Your promise when I cannot see 
Even one step ahead, where You're leading me. 

I'll trust in Your wisdom me safely to guide; 
111 trust in Your wonderful love to provide. 

I know You've been with me, each step, every day; 

111 trust You to lead me the rest of the way. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
CHARITY. . .IS KIND 

"Thank you so much for keeping my boy. It is so kind of 
you," Charity heard Doug's mother say as she and Doug went 
to the play room. 

"Kind. She said Mother is kind to keep Doug." Charity 
thought. 

"Let's play cement truck," Doug suggested. "Ill drive the 
truck and bring you cement." 

"Okay," said Charity. She would rather have played house 
or have a tea party with her dolls, but Doug was company, so 
she agreed to play what he wanted to play. She marked out an 
area to be cemented for the floor of a house. Then along came 
Doug with his noisy cement truck. He backed it up just right 
and put the chute down. Then he made noises as though the 
cement was pouring down the chute. 

"Get your trowel and start smoothing the cement, 1 ' he told 
Charity. "Daddy really worked hard when our cement truck 
came." 



Charity tried to pretend-smooth cement, but she didn't know 
how. "Not that way!" Doug said, and at the same time, he hit 
her on the arm. 

Charity jumped back and looked at Doug for a bit. Then 
she said, "I guess you'll have to do it yourself." She got up and 
went to stand beside Mother. 

Mother noticed her there and said, "It's time to set the table, 
Charity. While you do that, I'll go talk to Doug." 

When she came back, Mother asked, "Do you remember the 
part of verse four that you learned this morning?" 

"Yes. It is 'Charity suffereth long, and is kind.'" 

"Can you think of anything you can do tobe kind to Doug?" 

Charity thought for a bit. "Maybe push him on the swing. 
He really likes that," she suggested. 

"Good idea!" Mother said. "Sometimes we have to hunt for 
ways to be kind, but if we really love people, we can find some 
way to be kind to them. Why don't you go push Doug on the 
swing awhile before dinner? Then he'll know you love and 
forgive him. And my daughter Charity will be kind. " 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg. Ohio 



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VOL. 49 JUNE, 2002 No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

WILT THOU FOLLOW ME? 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

The Saviour asked. 

The road looked bright and fair, 

And filled with youthful hope and zeal- 

I answered, "Anywhere. " 

"Wilt thou follow Me? " 

Again He asked. 

The road looked dim ahead; 

But I gave one glance at His glowing face 

"To the end, dear Lord," I said. 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

I almost blanched, 

For the road was rough and new, 

But I felt the grip of His steady Hand, 

And it thrilled me through and through. 

"Still followest thou?" 

'Twas a tender tone, 

And it thrilled my inmost heart. 

I answered not, but He drew me close, 

And I knew we would never part. 

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CHRISTIAN FATHERS 

Father, Daddy, Papa, Dad— What pictures and precious 
memories come at the mention of these words! Some Pilgrim 
readers may not have had Christian fathers, but those of us who 
did were privileged beyond measure. For a Christian father is 
like our Heavenly Father— not only created in His likeness but 
also redeemed by His mercy and sanctified by His love. 

Fathers can make mistakes. Blessed is the family whose 
father is willing to admit this. Having authority, weak humanity 
sometimes has also an illusion of infallibility. This is sad 
because fathers can err, too. 

Fathers carry responsibility. Other members of the family 
can "pass the buck." or let someone else decide in sticky issues. 
But, like the sign President Truman had on his desk, the father 
carries the message: "The buck stops here!" This does not 
mean the father stands alone in responsibility. A faithful 
companion is a help God provides and one who gives 
immeasurable assistance. 

In one of our literature stories, a devout young couple came 
to the end of their resources. Their son had been badly injured; 
the hospital bill was staggering. They had no insurance, and the 
help of the congregation was a pittance. The father sadly 
remarked to his wife, "Perhaps the old fashioned ways don't 
work in our times." His wife replied that the old ways did work 
and they should continue in them. They knelt together in prayer 
in the old fashioned way and trusted God to see them through. 
The father thanked God who used his wife to help him see the 
truth. 

Fathers must be leaders. We can blame only ourselves when 
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We see in the world that men are largely to blame for the 
"feminist movement." God ordained the order in His Kingdom 
and in the home, and we violate it at the risk of ruin. Israel 
reached such a time when Isaiah declared to them (3:12), "As 
for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule 
over them. . ." (This was not a compliment.) 

Fathers must take spiritual initiative. Example is the best 
teacher. If we love to attend worship in God's house, our 
children will love it, too. If we are careless and let other 
activities take place on Sunday mornings, be assured that our 
children will unconsciously acquire this attitude. 

Fathers will lead in worship and prayers in the home. Daily 
family worship is an opportunity for teaching children the ways 
of the Lord— the love He has for us in sending Jesus to be our 
Saviour. Quoting from and old pamphlet called Home Duties: 
"Every person who is the head of a family has the right, and is 
under an obligation, to pledge his family to the worship of the 
true God. . .The object of family worship should guide us in 
determining the form of it. The object is to adore our Maker, 
praise Him, thank Him for His mercies, supplicate His favors, 
read and impress on our minds His Word, talk of all His 
goodness, and by these means to throw a religious, spiritual 
atmosphere around all the members of the household." 

Fathers need to lead in living economically. Ours is an 
affluent society. Unless children are taught reasons for living 
frugally and without waste, they will tend to live selfishly, not 
knowing the responsibility we have to share. Ephesians 4:28: 
"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, 
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may 
have to give to him that needeth." 

Fathers should be leaders in love. Mothers are more famous 
for tenderness. But love is expressed in other ways, too. 
Children need to know that their fathers love them enough to 
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Proverbs 13 :24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he 
that loveth him chasteneth him betimes." Our father was 
consistent in meting out chastisement— so much so that we 
feared to disobey. Yet we had constant proof of his love when 
he would comfort us, hold us close, or give us small treats. We 
learned later that his punishing was also proof of his love. 

Good fathers should be commended. It is no small 
accomplishment to bring up children in our day "in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord." Father's Day has been set aside 
for this recognition. And yet let us never forget our Heavenly 
Father and His love in sending His only begotten Son, the Lord 
Jesus, to take the penalty that should be ours. Let us honor 
Him each day as our loving Heavenly Father, the One from 
whom all our blessings flow, who knows what we need even 
when He chastises us. --L.C. 



CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN ATTIRE 

The purpose of this article will be to discuss the general 
Biblical principles regarding Christian attire and the traditional 
order of the Brethren church in its application. 

To discuss this subject intelligently, it seems necessary' to 
notice two apparently extreme views concerning it. On the one 
hand, there are those who assert that it is unimportant what we 
wear—that Clothes do not make a Christian, and if the heart is 
right, all is right And, conversely, there are many who seem 
to think that the clothes we wear and other outward appearance 
constitute the total witness and proof of Christian discipleship. 
We believe that both these attitudes are unscriptural. 

It is true that clothes do not make a Christian. But we feel 
certain, and hope to demonstrate in this article, that there are 
but few persons (Christian or nonchristian) who actually think it 
unimportant what kind of clothes they wear. For people in all 



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walks of life will try to dress in a manner consistent with their 
occupation or position in society. They will either consciously 
or unconsciously express their individuality or character in their 
clothes. Therefore the clothes we wear become a sign of what 
we are, or what we think we are, or of what we wish others to 
think we are. 

We are told that clothes is one of the most discussed 
subjects in society, and people will admire others or be shocked 
by the kind of clothes they wear. 

James Quinter, in an article on Christian apparel in the 
Gospel Visitor, 1865, says, "It is thought by many that the 
subject of clothing is too trifling to occupy the attention of 
intelligent people, as it belongs to the exterior of the Christian 
and not the heart, and as the heart is the seat of the Christian 
graces and emotions, the dress can have little to do with 
Christian character. It has been said by some writer that 
'Flowers are not trifles, as one might know from the care that 
God has taken of them everywhere.' And further, can anything 
be justly considered a trifle that has ever occupied the attention 
of God, or upon which He has given laws and precepts?" 

Clothing was the first thing of concern and urgency to 
Adam and Eve after they had sinned in Eden, And God was 
equally concerned about how they were dressed and was totally 
unsatisfied with their ideas and means of clothing themselves. 
So important it was, and so great was their need, that it cost the 
life of another of the living creatures which God had made to 
properly clothe them. The inference is that this was the 
beginning of the slaying and sacrificing of animal life on earth. 
The manner in which God clothed them undoubtedly had both a 
practical and significant purpose: first, to protect their naked 
bodies, and also for a sign to remind them of the result of their 
sin. 

Perhaps many people are unaware of how often the manner 
in which individuals are clothed is mentioned in the Bible—and 



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what it signifies. First, our attention is directed to Exodus and 
Leviticus where a description is given of the beautiful garments 
of Aaron and his sons which were to be worn "before the Lord" 
in the tabernacle and altar services. There can be no doubt but 
that the various orders of the priest's garments were for signs of 
certain truths concerning their service and relationship to God, 
both present and future. 

Other Scriptures describe how certain Bible characters were 
dressed and what it signified: 

Tamer, David's daughter, had a garment of divers colors, 
"For with such robes were the king's daughters who were 
virgins clothed." (II Sam. 13:18) 

Daniel was clothed with scarlet, (purple) (Dan. 5:29) 

John the Baptist was clothed with "raiment of camel's hair, 
and a leathern girdle about his loins." (Matt. 3:4) 

The rich man was clothed with "purple and fine linen." 
(Luke 16:19) 

The "two witnesses" are clothed in sackcloth. (Rev. 1 1:3) 

James 2:2,3 tells of the contrast of the raiment of the rich 
and the poor, and how the manner in which one is dressed 
might determine his social standing. 

Garments of widowhood. (Gen. 38:14) 

"Royal apparel." (Esther 8:15) 

Shepherd's garments. (Jer. 43:12) 

"Rough garments to deceive." (Zech. 13:4) 

"Prison garments." (II Kings 25:29) 

"Sheep's clothing." (Matt. 7:15) 

"Wedding garment." (Matt. 22:11) 

"Shining garments." (Luke 24:4) 

Jesus had a garment that was without seam, "woven from 
the top throughout." (John 19:23) 

The angel that appeared to John on Patmos was "clothed 
with a garment down to the foot." (Rev. 1:13) 



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All of these Scriptures and many others show that from the 
most ancient times, the manner of clothing worn by individuals 
was an indication of their occupation, social position, pursuits, 
or attitudes. This usage and principle does not change. 
Everyone will try to dress consistent with what they think their 
position in life and society demand. 

No one. expects to see a man in the field doing farm work 
dressed like a banker. Nor a cook in the kitchen dressed like a 
society matron. Nor a minister in the pulpit dressed like a 
cowboy. A worshipper in the assembly of the saints would not 
be expected to be dressed like a clown. Other examples could 
be mentioned, but these are sufficient to demonstrate that our 
clothes are a sign of our attitudes or position. 

Thus we come to the main emphasis of our subject: What 
are we? Wliat do we wish to express, ourselves or Christ? Our 
own individuality or the fellowship and unity of the body of 
Christ? The adornment and glorification of this corruptible 
body of sin (with all its appeal to the lusts of the flesh), or the 
adornment of the new creature within-the hidden man of the 
heart? 

It should be remembered that clothing is still closely and 
deeply related to the sin question, the same as it was in Eden. 
But people are trying to ignore this fact, and in our time many 
are going almost entirely without clothes. But their sin remains, 
and their shame is not covered. 

We freely recognize and urge that the whole concept of the 
Christian religion is based on the proposition of changing the 
hearts of men and women. The law demanded obedience, but 
men could obey the outward demands of the law and still not 
have a heart for God. This is why Heb. 9:9 says of the offerings 
made under the law, that it could not make him that did the 
service "perfect as pertaining to the conscience." And it is the 
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clothing and other outward appearance should not be the first 
consideration of an individual coming to Christ. 

However, once the mind is transformed and the heart 
changed and given to Christ, then it is consistent to signify it. 
There can be great advantage for the Christian to show to those 
about him by his manner of dress, that he has changed his 
allegiance and service from that of an earthly and worldly 
society to the fellowship of saints in Christ, which is the 
Church. 

If there were no visible body of Christ, then this argument 
would be without meaning. But when we truly understand our 
relationship to Christ and one another and the vast superiority 
of its heavenly nature over that of the world and its interests, 
then who would not want to signify their change of fellowship 
and affections? Why should Christians want to appear in the 
form and fashion of the social and political system that 
crucified their Lord? 

Romans 12:2 says, ". . .and be not conformed to this 
world." Another translation of this says, "Do not conform to 
the fashion of this world." The Apostles Paul and Peter (I Tim. 
2:9 and I Peter 3:1) enjoin Christian women to dress modestly 
and not adorn their bodies with expensive and lavish clothing 
and fashionable hair styles, or by wearing of jewelry; all of 
which is inspired by pride and promotes bodily appeal and lust. 
But they are told to let their adorning be the inward character, 
which is of highest value to God— and even so to men who 
know and appreciate true values. 

The traditional "order" of the Brethren church is intended to 
meet these Scriptural requirements for Christian apparel, and, if 
observed in its true spirit, will do so. This "order" is now more 
commonly called "the uniform," but it is not fully a uniform as it 
has, and always has had, considerable variation in the' different 
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Many persons of middle age and older, can remember when 
the terms "the order" and "plain clothes" were used almost 
entirely instead of the now comparatively new term "uniform." 
This change of emphasis from "plain clothes" to "uniform" 
may not be the most Scriptural as it is possible thereby to wear 
the "uniform" but in various ways, by buying costly materials 
and fashionable weaves and colors, and fitting them to display 
and adorn the body, to violate the spirit of the apostolic 
instructions regarding Christian apparel, and thereby bring 
disrespect and reproach upon an order which had reasonable 
and Biblical grounds for its adoption. 

The people of the world are not opposed to the wearing of 
uniforms, nor is its purpose strange to them. There may be 
more wearing of uniforms now than at any other time in history. 
The armed forces of the nation has its various uniforms for its 
various branches. There are police and railroad men's uniforms, 
boy scout, choir, and band uniforms. There are other religious 
uniforms such as Salvation Army and Roman Catholic orders. 

The purpose of all this is clear: It is a sign that they belong 
to a fellowship or partnership with others in what they believe 
to be a worthy cause, and shows who holds priority over their 
services. 

So it is with our "order" or "uniform." It is intended as a 
sign that we are not alone in our service, but belong to a 
fellowship which we understand to be the Body or Church of 
Christ—a most worthy cause indeed. At the same time it 
signifies a separation from the sinful and corrupt world system. 
It is also a sign that we are a part of a historical church which 
embraced these high Christian principles and sacrificed and 
suffered for them. 

But, as stated before, this non- conformity can not have any 
value for it own sake. In itself, it is wholly negative. And 
without the positive attributes of transformation and 
conformity to Christ, it would be without virtue. There is 



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danger in the thinking of anyone who may look upon outward 
forms only, as a true witness of Christian discipleship. Non- 
conformity must be a result of being conformed to Christ. 
Separation from the world must be a result of being joined to 
the Body of Christ—even as in the marriage state. 

In conclusion: We believe the Brethren's order of clothes in 
its true meaning should never be considered a "sacrifice/ 1 but a 
willing public sign that our relationship with the world and 
service to its vanities has been severed, and that conformity to 
Christ and service to His Church is our new goal. The clothes 
we wear cannot be the proof, but are definitely a sign we are 
Christians. 

May we ever be mindful, therefore, of what we signify and 
always be true disciples of Jesus. 

Daniel F. Wolf 



BUILDING WITH JOY 

Two masons were laying their bricks one by one; 

Into the day they worked in the hot, glowing sun; 

Each course straight and true, each corner square and stout, 

Built of solid red brick and white, glistening grout 

As the two men worked through the bright, sunny day, 
A passerby was curious, and his footsteps did stay. 
"What is this they are making that makes their trowels fly? 
It must be some wonderful thing on which their trade do ply." 

"Excuse me, Mr. Laborer," said the man so polite, 

"What's this you are building? What's its breadth and height? 

What will it contain, or what is its function? 

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The one mason dropped his trowel, then straightened his back, 
Which unwillingly responded with a resounding crack! 
Then somewhat wearily his questioner answered, 
And this was the message he then to him relayed. 

"Well sir, I don't know nor much do I care 
What this thing is I'm building rising up in the air. 
I just do as I'm told, and as I'm paid by the brick, 
I push them up just as fast as the mortar will stick." 

"I don't care what they put here, no, not a whit, 
Whether it's a place to play ball or just to sit. 
As long as I'm paid and the day comes to a close, 
It'll be whatever someone wants it to be, I suppose." 

Back to work he went, his audience dismissed. 
Slap! Slap! went the progress; not one beat was missed; 
For each brick meant money, a means to an end, 
Which was all he could see, on this he'd depend. 

The second man was working just as fast as the first; 
In looking at their labor, one couldn't tell which was worst; 
But from his lips flowed a song, and his eyes farther cast, 
Looking for the brick that might be his last. 

"Mr. Workman, pardon me," began the passerby, 

"Can you tell me what you're building, how wide, how high? 

What will it contain; how many will it hold? 

Can you answer my questions, or am I too bold?" 

"Oh sir," said the workman, "I'm so glad you ask; 
All day long I've been wanting to tell of this task." 
So with his trowel as a pointer and gestures galore, 
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"What this building is for, I really don't know, 
But I'm sure when its finished it will be quite a show. 
Look how tall its pillars and strong its walls; 
Already this edifice holds me enthralled." 

"I'm sure it will have a worthwhile occupation, 
As a factory, a courthouse, or a railway station, 
Or a mission of mercy, maybe a church of God's love 
With its belfry a home for the peace-seeking dove. " 

He paused in his rapturous account of the place, 
And a look of great joy could be seen on his face. 
"But sir, do you know what I'm thankful for most of all: 
It's that I was deemed worthy to help build this wall" 

"I've been given my strength, a talent and health, 
And there's only one person who can bestow such wealth. 
It's the Lord God in heaven; on Him you can depend. 
There's neither want nor worry with Him as your friend. " 

And so, friends and neighbors, it should be with us; 

In whatever you're doing, neither falter nor fuss, 

Of position, conditions, hard labor or wages. 

Do it as to the Lord who is faithful through the ages. 

Benjamin Cover 
Tuolumne, California 



MINISTER CHOSEN 

On May 20, 2002, the Ohio part of the Indiana 
congregation held an election for a minister. Larry Cable was 
chosen and installed. He will be serving with his wife Liana. 
May God bless their labors in the Kingdom for His glory. 






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BIRTHS 

MARTIN - A son, Jason Leroy, born May 4 to Andrew and 
Maria Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

ROOT - A son, Brendan Michael, born May 20 to Brian and 
Emily Root of Tuolumne, California. 

BRUBAKER - A daughter, Nicole Joelle born May 27 to Eric 
and Laura Brubaker of Tuolumne, California. 



FOR YOUTH 

PEACE 

As I have been forgiven, Lord, 
So help me to forgive! 
As Thy pure Spirit dwells in me, 
Help me like Christ to live. 

When others "cross my path," dear Lord, 
Oh let no storm arise 
Of anger, disappointment, grief; 
Help me to realize 

That in submission is our peace; 
In gentle trust, our rest; 
And meekly wait, because I know v 
You're working for the best. 

Your ways are higher than our ways; 
When we don't understand, 
Help us in full assurance trust, 
And cling to Thy dear hand! 

Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 



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SUMMER JOYS 

School is out! Summer's here! The weeks stretch ahead; 
You have evenings without homework to do. 
Will you play all the day and while the hours away? 
Or will you do work part time too? 

We oldsters can tell you how best to spend time, 
For we'd rather putter than play. 
So lister^my children, your days and your hours 
Can count in a profitable way. 

Consider a hobby; make toys for the young; 
A job cleaning house for a friend; 
A visit to Grandpa~a hand with his work; 
Ideas there are without end. 

Mow the lawn; bake a cake; feed the chickens, the dog. 
Clean out the closet for Mom; 
Sing a song; learn a verse; read the Bible for Dad; 
Learn to meditate, pray, and be calm. 

God knows that young folks need work to be safe 
From the tempter so busy in wrong. 
Occupy your young minds with good thoughts; you'll find 
God will honor and help you be strong. 

i 
Before you run out of good things to do, 
The summer will end with a jerk. 
You'll be back at the books, and happily too, 
You'll be ready to rest from the work.-JLC. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
Charity Envieth Not 

"I wish I had a bike/' Charity said. "Rosa got a new pink 
bike; and it is so pretty. All she wanted to do while I was there 
yesterday was to ride her bike. " 

"Did she let you ride it?" Mother asked. 

"Yes, we took turns, but she rode more than I did, I'm 
sure," Charity answered. "Can I have one, Mother?" 

"No, Charity. Daddy and I think there are more important 
things to spend our money on just now. You have a nice swing 
set to play on," Mother told her. "Run out and swing awhile." 

Obediently, Charity ran out and jumped into the highest 
swing. She pumped until she went as high as the top bar of the 
swing set. "This is fun," she thought, "but I still wish I had a 
bike." 

She swung and swung until Mother called her to set the 
table for supper. As she dashed to the house, she saw Daddy 
coming in from the barn. 

At the supper table, she said, "It is so much fun to swing, 
but I still want a bike like Rosa's. Please, Daddy, can't I have a 
bike? I want a new pink one with a soft seat. " 

"No, honey girl," Daddy said. "We don't have money for a 
bike just now, and you have lots of toys to play with." 

"Then I hope Rosa's gets wrecked!" Charity said 
disgustedly. "All she can talk about is her pink bike. I'm tired 
of it!" 

"Whoa, Charity," Daddy said. "What kind of an attitude is 
that? It doesn't sound very loving to me." 

"It sounds like you are envying Rosa," Mother said. "What 
is the part, of I Corinthians 13, verse four that you know by 
now? Please say it." 



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"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;" 
Charity repeated. 

"Uh huh/ 1 Mother said. "If you love Rosa, you'll be happy 
that she has a nice pink bike. Her happiness will make you 
happy, even if you don't have one. Just forget about yourself 
and rejoice in Rosa's joy, can you?" 

"I'll try, Mother," Charity said. She sat up straight in her 
chair, and a smile replaced the pout on her face. After awhile, 
she said. "I'm glad Rosa has a nice pink bike. And I'm glad she 
lets me ride it sometimes!" 

Mother said, "And I'm glad my Charity envieth not." 

Linda Frick 
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VOL. 49 JULY. 2002 No. 7 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

O LORD, HELP ME TO LIVE 

Lord, help me to live, 
While here on earth I stay, 
That I the crown of life receive 
When done with life's short day. 

Help me to win the prize 
That Christ has set before, 
And be with Him in Paradise 
When time shall be no more. 

Temptations oft arise 
Here in this wilderness, 
And Satan, in his craft, oft tries 
To rob our haven of bliss. 

1 put my trust below, 
My faith, my all in Thee; 

For Thou hast made a way for all, 
Hast made a way for me. 

Strengthen my hope and faith 
To march along in love, 
And fit me out, in time of grace, 
To dwell with Thee above. 

Anna Zeigler Hess 



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PHARISEE, PUBLICAN, OR WHAT? 

Pharisees and publicans had little in common. Publicans 
were servants of Rome, collecting taxes from their own people, 
adding a little here and there for their own profit. Pharisees had 
their faults, but submission to Rome was not one of them. 
Saducees accommodated their beliefs to the situation, but not 
Pharisees. Their fierce, outward loyalty to Israel won them the 
reputation of religious patriots. 

Pharisees even pretended they were not in bondage to 
Rome. When Jesus told them that the truth would make them 
free, they replied, "We be Abraham's seed, and were never in 
bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?" 
Egypt, Babylon, Medio-Persia, Assyria at times, and now 
Rome. Only pride could pretend that God had never punished 
them with bondage. 

In general, publicans were anything but righteous. They 
were constantly reminded of their unpatriotic ways when 
shunned by the "respectable" part of their nation. Undoubtedly 
they were aware that their occupation was despicable. They 
likely reasoned, "At least it's a job. It puts bread on the table. 
And if I'm clever enough, I can become rich." Is there a parallel 
occupation today? 

Jesus found occasion to use despised people who made 
some good choices to bring out vital lessons for us. He called 
Matthew the publican to be one of His apostles. He used a 
compassionate Samaritan and a thankful Samaritan to teach us 
lessons of love. He spoke about publicans and Pharisees 
because we tend to have the same problems. We can identify 
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improving, we know the truth is stated so simply by Paul and 
the prophets: "All have sinned." 

Luke 18:9-14: "And he spake this parable unto certain 
which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and 
despised others. Two men went up into the temple to pray; the 
one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood 
and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not 
as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even this 
publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all I possess. 
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much 
as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God 
be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to 
his house justified rather than the other: for every one that 
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself 
shall be exalted." 

Pharisees today could be religious men who would not think 
of catering to Rome (the world), but might easily become proud 
of their own status. It is said that the worst form of pride is 
ecclesiastical pride because it is so contradictory to the way 
Jesus taught and lived. 

There are also publicans in our society— men who do cater 
to the world and profit from it. There are those who use 
Christian images or slogans to sell their products— like the 
picture of an Amish man selling bologna. However, publicans 
closer to our own weaknesses might be those who love the 
customs of the world and have not made a clean break when 
they came to Christ. Probably all of us are guilty here in some 
ways, but how can it be? Do we want to collaborate with 
Rome— to dress like the world, talk like the world, shop like the 
world, be like the world? John heard a voice from heaven 
warning against being in Babylon: "Come out of her, my 
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive 
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Satan does not care which way we sin; he only wishes to 
turn us away from God. 

At the flea market in Turlock, California, recently we saw 
many kinds. of people. Some were there obviously for the 
excitement— the carnival-like atmosphere, loud music, 
interesting food, things to buy. A few were there to find decent 
dress material in the fabric booths. Some were there to make a 
living. Like we journey through this world, we can pass 
through a place like that without being taken in by the frivolous 
environment. On the other hand, we can sit in a church service 
and let our minds wander into polluted areas. 

In a sense we are all Samaritans with temptation to become 
Pharisees or publicans. But Jesus has the remedy: He shed His 
blood for all of us. "But God commendeth his love toward us, 
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." If we 
have the attitude of the publican in the parable and see 
ourselves as God sees us, we can get the blessing. If we 
maintain pride in our hearts about how good we are, we will not 
be justified. 

In spite of our tendency to sin and pride, holiness in life is 
not an out-of-reach ideal. Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, 
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." God called 
to Israel, "Be ye holy, for I am holy." God sets the standards 
and the goal, and then provides the means of attainment: His 
Holy Spirit's power. "But I am still in the flesh and fail so 
much," we protest. True, but God tells us that "greater is he 
that is in you, than he that is in the world." "For sin shall not 
have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but 
under grace." So let us press on to holiness, knowing that "It is 
God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good 
pleasure." Whether Pharisee, publican, or Samaritan, may we 
become Christians who confess, repent, and overcome by the 
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THE PRAYER OF JESUS 

In the prayer that Jesus prayed before His betrayal and 
crucifixion, He said, "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that 
they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I 
for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me 
through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, 
art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the 
world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which 
thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even 
as we are one." (John 17:19-22) 

What an order! What a high standard! That all may be one, 
"that the world may believe that thou hast sent me"! 

Now let us imagine in our day, that every church decided to 
take seriously Jesus' earnest prayer— that ail believers would 
fully desire to give up their own will and let Jesus be their head; 
where the Godhead would be giving all the directions. And all 
believers would be fasting and praying and crying out, "Not my 
will, but Thine be done!" Where all would strongly desire to 
live not only by natural bread, but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Where there would be a 
hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Where there would 
be a pureness of heart, and as David, "a man after God's own 
heart," said, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so 
panteth my soul after thee, God." Where there would be true 
humility, acknowledging that "if a man think himself to be 
something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." And 
most important, realizing our need and help from our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ. Am I as willing to be shown my 
weaknesses and inconsistencies as I am to point out another's? 
We have been told that there are two hundred fifty 
denominations that claim to be the only one true church. How 
would they reconcile this? What is the measuring stick? 

Kenneth Garber, Athens, Wisconsin 



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HOW TO BE A PLEASANT PERSON 

We probably all desire to be pleasant people— to get along 
well with others. Here are some things to do in order to be that . 
kind of person: 

Read Colossians 1:10-12. "That ye might walk worthy of 
the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, 
and increasing in the knowledge of God: Strengthened with all 
might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and 
longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, 
which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of 
the saints in light." 

Endeavor to live the Golden Rule in a humble and honest 
way. 

Spend very little time thinking about yourself 

In thought and conversation, use "I" as little as possible. It 
helps to promote good health, bodily and spiritually. 

Talk about yourself only when necessary or for the 
advantage of others. 

Don't be overly concerned about "mirroring" yourself in the 
opinion of other people. 

Expect to not always be appreciated. 

When people are unappreciative of you, or ungrateful for 
your help, try to be cheerful anyway. 

Be "on duty" for doing all the good you can. "And if ye do 
good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for 
sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom 
ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to 
sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, 
and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your 
reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the 
Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." 
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Give, for the joy of giving. "Every man according as he 
purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of 
necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." (II Cor. 9:7) 

Pay your taxes willingly. It will have a positive effect on 
many other areas of your life. 

Be rich in good works, but don't bother keeping track of 
your good deeds. 

"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a 
stranger, and not thine own lips." (Prov. 27:2) 

Be a trusting person; don't let suspicion ruin your day. 

Never try to get even with those who mistreat you. You 
will get hurt the most. 

Forgive the person who might slight or criticize you or even 
spitefully use you. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, 
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and 
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." 
(Matt. 5:44) 

Allow others to disagree with you, and remember that you 
do not know everything. 

Be willing not to be the "center piece." (I Cor. 12:14-21) 

Be a diligent listener, and keep a tight grip on your tongue, 
"Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse 
we men, which are made after the similitude of God." (James 
3:9) 

Beware of gossip. Don't be a talebearer. Learn to keep 
secrets. "A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a 
faithful spirit concealeth the matter. " (Prov. 11:13) 

Be genuinely interested in other people, but don't be a 
busybody. 

When you go visiting, know when to go home. "Withdraw 
thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, 
and so hate thee." (Prov. 25:17) 

Overcome envy and jealousy by rejoicing with those that 
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Be unassuming, and don't try to demand respect and praise. 
These must be earned. 

Be thankful, and express it in words and deeds. 

Be a peacemaker. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they 
shall be called the children of God." (Matt. 5:9) "And let the 
peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called 
in one body; and be ye thankful." (Col. 3:15) 

Strive to practice wise and courteous conduct toward 
others. "Walk in wisdom toward them- that are without, 
redeeming the time." (Col. 4:5) 

Learn to feel appreciation for the good in others; then show 
it or express it. 

Be compassionate. "Weep with them that weep." (Rom. 
12:15) 

Give attention to keeping your heart pure because what is 
inside comes out. 

Be a lover of good things, and discipline yourself to think 
good thoughts. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true. . . 
think on these things." (Phil. 4:8) 

Capitalize on your blessings and advantages, . not your 
difficulties and problems. 

Endeavor to be a cheerful person, and "brighten the corner 
where you are." 

Be a willing, unselfish worker. 

To have friends, be friendly. "A man that hath friends must 
show himself friendly. " (Prov. 18:24) Someone has said, 
"I went out to find a friend, 
But could not find one there; 
I went out to be a friend, 
And friends were everywhere!" 

Keep in mind that ultimately your character (who you really 
are) will be your mark in society. Be humble, honest, and 
respectful. Even ungodly people tend to appreciate these 
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Read Romans 14:17-19. 'Tor the kingdom of God is not 
meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the 
Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is 
acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore 
follow after the things which make for peace, and things 
wherewith one may edify another." 

Adapted from an article in The Messenger of Truth 

FROM DUNGEON TO LIGHT 

Helpless in the dungeon of sin I lay, 

A worthless, guilt-ridden lump of clay; 

No hope had I, no desire or ambition, 

No knowledge of God or of humble contrition. 

One day a visitor came to my cell 
And said for a time he would with me dwell. 
About him was a light that illumined the room, 
Piecing the darkness and dispelling the gloom. 

Daily I resisted his advances as a friend, in fear; 
My conscience was troubled over what it might hear. 
I saw things in my life that were vile and wrong; 
I did not want to change, but how could I go on? 

I don't want to give up the things I hold dear; 
Unaware that they were the cause of my fear. 
Why change? Why leave this rut I've created? 
No ! Stubbornly I'll remain to myself dedicated. 

Yet so kindly this friend did plead with me, 
Exposing my sin, giving remedy so gently; 
Till finally in anger I demanded he leave. 
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But oh, how the darkness descended again, 
Invading my being without and within, 
And I saw Satan's grip on my life and soul, 
My misery his aim, my destruction his goal. 

On my knees I fell and in anguish I cried 
To the One my friend had so oft testified— 
One who could save me, free me from my sin, 



Leaving me clean pure, without and within. 

True to His promise, this Jesus came near, 
Dispelling all darkness and quelling my fear, 
Giving me the means to overcome sin and vice, 
Sanctified by the blood of our risen Lord and Christ. 

No more in darkness do I grovel and roam; 

All my ambition is centered on that eternal home. 

Freed from my prison, my way triumphantly go, 

Always anxious others in darkness the light to show. 

Benjamin Cover 
Tuolumne, California 



BIRTHS 
MOORE - A son, Hayden Alex, born June 17 to Richard and 
Nicole Moore of Oakdale, California. 

WELLS - A son, Edward Glenn, born June 27 to Glenn and 
Sharon Wells of Taylorsville, Mississippi. 



I would not have my way, dear Lord, but Thine; 
I do not ask for beds with flowers entwined: 
Thy way might be some mountainside to climb; 
Some wandering sheep or some lost lamb to find. 
Mrs. W. H. Olinger 



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HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN 

With this issue we begin a study of the history of our 
Brethren denomination of the Church of Christ The first 
group of studies will be on the backgrounds— what went before 
to prepare the way for the development of the Brethren. At the 
end of each section will be questions to review what has been 
read. —L. C. 

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned 
incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their 
ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast 
up. —Jeremiah 18:15 

In the study of Brethren History, we will be considering a 
group of people who began in persecution, stress, and poverty. 
As generations passed during the next three centuries, 
conditions gradually changed until at present the people by the 
same name and with the same faith are favored, prosperous, and 
well-known. To understand this change, we must know 
something of the places the Brethren lived, and what was going 
on around them. We need to learn what they believed and still 
believe. We must learn about the mighty God who led them and 
what He expected of His people in the past. We then should ask 
what God expects of us today. 

God has always had those who serve Him. Jesus promised 
that even the "gates of heir would not prevail against His 
church. We will see that the forces of Satan have tried to 
destroy the church by every method, but God is more powerful, 
and He is faithful to His promises. 

Why should we study the history of the Brethren? We 
know that the people called Brethren are only a part of the 
universal Church of Jesus Christ. They have appeared late in 
history. 1708 is given as the beginning of this group. But we 



study their history because we believe the Brethren were true 
Christians. Jesus was their Lord and Savior. We will be 
studying the "founders" of the Brethren. But we need to 
remember that the only true founder of the church is Jesus 
Christ. The Bible says, "For other foundation can no man lay 
, than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 3:11). 
The human "founders" wanted people to know this. We who 
now bear the name of Brethren study Brethren History because 
it is our history. 

Dr. Donald Durnbaugh, in his preface to his book 
European Origins of the Brethren, writes, "History is to the 
group what memory is to the individual. No sensible person 
ignores his past when an important decision must be made... 
Similarly, for a group to act intelligently, it must be informed of 
its heritage..." 

We have much to learn from the first Brethren. They were 
not free from mistakes. They freely confessed that they were 
learning. But they had faith, piety, devotion, and determination 
to follow the Lord Jesus in full obedience. We must admit, as 
we study their life stories, that their faith could have come only 
from the Spirit of God. 

So to understand the first Brethren, we must know the 
conditions under which they lived. People are powerfully 
influenced by the practices of their peers. They may rebel 
against the prevailing customs, or they may conform to them. 
But they will react and order their lives accordingly. 

The Brethren began as a separate body in Germany in 
1708; some of them migrated from France and Switzerland. 
Our first lessons will view the conditions in Germany in the 
1600's and early 1700's. A study of the map of Europe will help 
one become familiar with the geography of the region. We will 
look at the political, economic, and social settings of this 
period. Then, the Lord willing, we will follow the Brethren in 
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outstanding characters of this movement will make our research 
interesting 

In our study, the term "Brethren" and "Brethren church," 
will mean the original church or the Brethren people as a whole. 
If we mean a specific denomination of Brethren, we will 
designate it by its denominational name. 

Questions: 

1 . Name three countries that Brethren came from. 

2. What four Christian qualities did the first Brethren possess? 

3 . In what year did the Brethren church begin? 

4. Who was the Founder of the Brethren church? 

5. How can we benefit from studying Brethren history? 



FOR YOUTH 

NOT MINE, BUT THINE 

Thy will be done, not mine, I pray, 
And may it ever be 
That I am emptied, Lord, of self, 
Filled to the brim with Thee. 

Father, refine my heart's desires; 
All selfishness remove; 
Fan into flame my flick'ring fires; 
Inflame me with Thy love. 

Purge out the dross; I'll bear the cross 
If Thou wilt strengthen me. 
Cleanse me from sin; instill within 
Thy Spirit's purity. 



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Let not my earthen vessel be 
All that there is to see 
But let compassion, grace, and love 
Shine through and honour Thee. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



THE CRITIC 

A little seed lay on the ground, 

And soon began to sprout; 

"Now, which of all the flowers around," 

It mused, "shall I come out? 

The lily's face is fair and proud, 

But just a trifle cold; 

The rose, I think, is rather loud, 

And then, its fashion's old. 

The violet is all very well 

But not a flowier I'd choose; 

Nor yet the Canterbury bell— 

I never cared for blues." 

And so it criticized each flower, 

This supercilious seed, 

Until it woke one summer morn 

And found itself— a weed! 



Selected by Anita Martin 



The behavior of some children suggests 

that their parents embarked on the sea of matrimony 

without a paddle. 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Charity Vaunteth Not Itself 

"Aunt Cheryl, Aunt Cheryl!" Charity yelled as she ran from 
the playroom to where Aunt Cheryl was visiting with Mother. 
"Kimberly doesn't know how. to spell red and I do! I know all 
my ABC's and I can spell lots of words. Kimberly doesn't know 
any of the letters and their sounds. And she is two months 
older than me!" 

"I know, Charity. I just haven't worked with Kimberly on 
the preschool books yet. We'll have to get busy and work on 
them soon so Kimberly is ready when school starts in the fall, 
won't we?" Aunt Cheryl told her. "It's nice you two cousins can 
start first grade together." 

"But I know so much more than Kimberly, and I'll keep 
learning faster than she does. I'm just smarter than Kimberly!" 
Charity turned to run back to the playroom. 

"Wait a minute, Charity," Mother said quietly. "Remember, 
we talked about 'charity vaunteth not itself this morning? What 
does it mean? Do you remember?" 

Hanging her head, Charity answered in a whisper, "It means 
we don't boast about ourselves or try to make people think 
we're better than others." 

"Did you have charity just now, Charity?" Mother asked. 

"No," Charity answered. 

"Who were you thinking of the most?" Mother asked. 

"I was thinking about myself and what all I know," Charity 
admitted. 

"Do you think you should make some apologies?" Mother 
suggested. "I believe you were thinking only of yourself when 
you interrupted Aunt Cheryl and me, too." 

"I'm sorry I interrupted your conversation, Aunt Cheryl and 
Mother. . And, Aunt Cheryl, I'm sorry I boasted about what I 



know and said I was smarter than Kimberly. I'm sure she'll 
learn everything real fast when you work with her on the ABC 
books." 

"I forgive you," Aunt Cheryl said. "I'm glad to see you are 
learning to have charity and think of others instead of yourself." 

"Now, do you think you should apologize to someone else, 
too?" Mother asked. 

Charity thought a bit, then said, "Do I need to apologize to 
Kimberly? I guess I probably did make her jfeel bad when I 
acted like I was so much better than she is. 111 go apologize to 
her right now, and tell her I'm sure she'll learn fast when she 
works in her books." 

"Good. My little Charity-girl may go make her apology 
now and try harder to live up to her name." And Mother gave 
Charity a quick hug and kiss. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 



MORNING HYMN 

Now the shades of night are gone ; 
Now the morning light is come; 
Lord, we would be Thine today; 
Drive the shades of sin away. 

Make our souls as noon-day clear, 
Banish every doubt and fear; 
In Thy vineyard, Lord, today, 
We would labor, watch, and pray. 

Keep our haughty passions bound, 
Save us from our foes around; 
Going out and coming in, 
Keep us safe from every' sin. 

When our work of life is past, 
Oh, receive us then at last! 
Night of sin will be no more, 
When we reach the heavenly shore. 

From Spiritual Hymns 



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GROWTH AND FRUIT 

One great truth-one great miracle-hard to grasp by our 
finite minds is the growth potential God holds before His sons 
and daughters. Perhaps it is difficult because we see no 
possibility for progress or perfection when we look at 
ourselves. And certainly, without the power of God, it is 
impossible to become what He would have us to be. Romans 
8:29 assures us: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did 
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he 
might be the firstborn among many brethren." 

The purpose of much of the New Testament is to promote 
this progress. Peter calls it growing in grace. Paul speaks of 
being rooted and built up in Him and assures us we can be 
changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by 
the Spirit of the Lord. James calls it the perfect work of 
patience. John says God's love is being perfected in us. This 
growth begins at the new birth and continues throughout the life 
of the believer. The progress may not be steady growth. We 
may sometimes lose ground. But if we have life in Christ, we 
will continue to become more like Him. Right now is our 
growing season. Corn is tall. Berries hang black on thorny 
vines. Valley farmers haul in bins of cling peaches. Gardeners 
look for people to share their zucchini. How is it with our 
spiritual growth? Are we growing-maturing-bearing fruit? 
How do we know? 

Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22,23. 
The first is love. Jesus assures that the result of love to Him is 
keeping His commandments. It is easy to feel love for our 
Saviour who suffered and died in our place. But to keep His 
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Love in loving finds employ- 
In obedience all her joy ; 
Ever new that joy will be , 
Loving Him who first loved me. 
Love to the Lord is expressed in service to His people. 

Joy is a fruit I need to encourage more. Joyful Christians 
are the envy of all. May we show such a radiant, joyful life that 
others will decide, "I want what he has! " 

Jesus left peace to His followers. The world cannot give it 
or take it away. Paul wrote "the peace of God, which passeth 
all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus." "Great peace have they which love thy law; and 
nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 1 19:165) 

Longsuffering is also translated "patience." Americans in 
general are short on patience. We don't like to wait. But good 
things happen to those who wait with patience. This Scripture 
in Isaiah 40:31 seems to cover youth and old age alike: "But 
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they 
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be 
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." 

We can grow in gentleness. This fruit is so vital in working 
with children or with animals. Women excel in the virtue, but it 
is so beautiful in strong men. 

Goodness has to come from God. Jesus told the young 
enquirer, "There is none good but one, that is, God." We use 
the word loosely: a good meal or a good dog, or "Have a good 
day! " But true goodness is godliness. 

Faith can grow. The disciples- asked Jesus to increase their 
faith. Faith in God is steadfast assurance that He is true-that 
He will not play tricks on us or give us false hopes, but will do 
exactly as He promises. Oh! for a faith that will not shrink! 
James writes that we should show our faith by our works. 

How do we grow in meekness? This has so much to do 
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and assertive. When we are "partakers of the divine nature," 
meekness will replace pride like when you switch on a light and 
the darkness disappears. "Meekness is not weakness." 

Temperance or self-control is another virtue that will be 
noticed. I think people expect Christians to be temperate; they 
sort of hold us to a standard they have set for those who make a 
profession like ours. And why shouldn't they? Why should we 
not be accountable for self-control? In nearly every area of our 
lives we can be temperate or we can be given to excess. 

To flourish, a stalk of corn needs warmth, sunlight, water, 
good soil, fertilizer, and some protection from diseases and 
enemies such as weeds and harmful insects. In the proper 
conditions, corn will produce several hundred fold, and even the 
stalk makes feed for cattle. God has given us protection and 
the best conditions. Let us flourish in the spirit. Let our fruit 
be abundant and our strength be consumed in the service and 

will of our Master. — L.C. 

PRAYER FOR FRUIT 
Heavenly Father, send the water; 
Bear in us abundant fruit, 
For we know without Thy blessing 
We are all consumed with drought. 

Heavenly Father, send us sunshine; 
Light our souls and give us grace, 
Grace to grow in gardens fruitful, 
BearingNvell, each in his place. 

Dear Lord Jesus, send Thy goodness, 
Faith and temperance, joy and love, 
Peace, longsuffering with meekness, 
Gentleness, virtue from above. 

Help us grow in grace and favor, 
Making progress day by day, 
Growing fruit for Thy good pleasure, 
Serving, trusting, as we pray. -L.C, 



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WORSHIP 

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the 
house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1) 

Do we share in this spirit of gladness as we get ready and 
head for church? Why do we go to church? We are challenged 
to examine the motive in all that we do. Unless we go to 
reverence and worship God, we will not receive the full 
blessings of the service and fellowship. 

When we gather for worship and greet our fellow members, 
we are seeing in them the image of the Lord if so be that the 
Spirit of the Lord dwells in us. Herein is the beauty of the 
Christian worship service. Reverence to God and service to 
others are really the only things that are of lasting value. Jesus 
says in Matthew 25:40: ". . .Inasmuch as ye have done it unto 
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

This spirit of interdependence is being challenged by society 
and even by people in the church. This opposite spirit prompts 
such expressions as "closure" and "I want to get on with my 
life," generally relating to some crisis in a person's life. It is the 
spirit of self-interest which is stimulated by our affluent and 
promiscuous society. The only closure we can experience from 
a misfortune is turning to the Lord and allowing His Spirit to 
direct our lives. The true closure will be our eternal relationship 
with the Lord. Also, most of those who want to get on with 
their lives after experiencing a painful experience will not 
succeed unless they seek direction from the Word of God and 
the church. 

The spirit of self-fulfillment is making serious intrusions into 
many church services. I appreciate the spirit of reverence and 
order which the Brethren have maintained in their worship 
services. This has developed from a spirit of obedience to the 
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theological creed. The Holy Spirit manifests Himself in the 
believer's life and worship as an orderly, directive, and 
inspirational agent. 

Claiming the Holy Spirit's influence in some public worship 
causes me concern. I fear that self-interest and the motive to be 
entertained as is exemplified in casual dress and contemporary, 
so-called Christian music which seems to stir human emotion to 
hypnotic euphoria is having its influence even among some 
traditionally conservative fellowships. We must guard against 
this humanistic trend which tends to minimize the issue of sin 
while side stepping the teaching of discipleship. 

We can be thankful that the Brethren have taught us the 
doctrine of reverence and accountability. I have been 
motivated to express these thoughts by reason of a recent 
experience in a non-Brethren worship service. 

Joseph E. Wagner, 
Modesto ' California 



THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST 

Jesus is the Head of the Church, no matter what men may 
say. When some hesitate to confess Him as Lord and Saviour, I 
question if He is in reality their Lord and Saviour. If the body 
(the Church) is not waiting for the message from the head, it is 
a lifeless body. When a man is beheaded, he dies. So it is in the 
spiritual; without the Head the body dies. 

Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If the living flow 
is cut off to the branches, the branches wither and die, for the 
life-giving flow comes from the Vine. 

Jesus is the solid rock on which to build: the only sure 
foundation. A house that is built on the sand will not stand, for 
when the storms come-and come they will— that house will fall, 
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and keeps His Word is the only one who will endure unto the 
end. The Word teaches that we should cleave unto the Lord. 

There is a law of nature which also is a vital spiritual law. 
"Except a corn of wheat fall into' the ground and die, it abideth 
alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." Whosoever 
will save his life (or have his own way) will lose it. But 
whosoever will lose his life for my sake and the gospel's shall 
find it. (To lose one's life is to deny self and come under the 
Lordship of Christ.) This teaching is very clear and a matter of 
life or death! Unless we fall on the rock (Jesus) and are broken, 
we can never have new life in Christ. This is a' spiritual law that 
cannot be evaded. 

It is the same with that corn of wheat falling into the 
ground, the teaching of a law of nature. Except that grain falls 
into the ground and dies, that new life, through the mystery of 
God's ways, cannot produce new life. That tender shoot 
springs up, matures, and bears fruit. Beloved, it is the working 
of God, the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

When this happens in our lives, there is joy unspeakable and 
full of glory. There is a witness within of the power of God 
working. That new life is God's Spirit doing a work in us. 
Anyone who is truly born again, who is regenerated, who has 
the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost, has 
the joy of salvation. That salvation is the power of God, Christ 
within, the power of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the work 
of God in cleansing the life and giving the divine influence. 

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done; but 
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of 
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5) 

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto 
good works, which God hath before ordained that we should 
walk in them. " (Ephesians 2:10) 

Kenneth Gather, 
Athens, Wisconsin 



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LORD WILLING 

"I'll be there in an hour and a half, Lord willing," said my 
mother-in-law at the end of our phone conversation on the 
morning of January 30, 2002. Little did I realize that ten 
minutes later she would be in an accident and rushed to the 
hospital. 

The next few days were full of anxious waiting. Would 
Mom come out of that coma? Would she be the Mom we'd 
always known? Why did God allow this accident to happen? 
WHY? 

Gradually, the impact of Mom's last words "Lord willing" 
began to sink in. Many times I have heard these words without 
realizing the full implication. Yet, the Lord willed that our 
plans that day be changed in a way which would affect our lives 
permanently. His will brought a cross for us to carry. 

This thing has left me with some tough questions. When I 
say "Lord willing," am I allowing God to direct my life as He 
wills? Am I willing to let Him change my plans? Will I accept 
the cross He placed in my path, regardless of the outcome? 

Yes, I still say "Lord willing," knowing that God's plans 
may be different from mine. I am willing cheerfully to bear the 
cross He has placed before me even though I don't know the 
outcome. Although I don't understand the Lord's will, I know 
that His will is what's best for me. 

Serena Yoder 
Goshen, Indiana 



They that thrust themselves into a multitude of 
employments and clog their minds with the cares of this world 
are as unfit to converse with God as a man would be to walk 
with a mountain on his back, and are unable to soar in 
meditation as their bodies would be to leap above the sun. 

From John Stickler's collection 



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HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN 
EUROPE IN TURMOIL 

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye 
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the 
end is not yet.' 1 --Matthew 24:6 

As a background, let us study the conditions in Europe 
during the centuries before 1708. Travel was slow; 
communication poor. Nations and rulers competed jealously. 
The use of firearms, begun in the 1200's, revolutionized 
warfare. The printing press in the 1400's and the Age of 
Exploration (1500's) had sharpened interest in the areas around 
them. 

GERMANY 

Of the nations of Europe, Germany was the least unified. 
Until the 19th Century it was a loose confederation of over 300 
German states, each ruled by a count or prince or lesser ruler. 
These small principalities were in constant competition for 
power. After the Reformation began in 1517, religious wars 
plagued the whole area. 

THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE 

Not to be confused with the old Roman Empire, the Holy 
Roman Empire had neither the power nor the territory of the 
Rome of the past. Voltaire claimed, "It was neither holy nor 
Roman nor an empire." It was called "Roman" because the first 
emperor Charlemagne was crowned in A.D. 800 by Pope Leo 
who gave him the title "Emperor of the Romans." It never 
included Rome nor controlled all of the old Roman Empire. It 
was called "holy" because the Catholic Church, along with the 
emperor, ruled it. After the death of Charlemagne, his sons 
divided the empire. In the 900's, Otto gained control and was 
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900 years but gradually lost control to the lesser rulers— nobles 
and feudal lords. It included what is now Germany, The 
Netherlands, Switzerland, and parts of France, Italy, Poland, 
Czechoslovakia, and Austria. 

THIRTY YEARS' WAR (1619-1648) 

The disastrous period called the Thirty Years' War was the 
last of the terrible religious of Europe. A struggle between 
Catholics and Protestants, the conflict began over 
misunderstandings and violations of the Treaty of Augsburg 
(1555). Thy treaty was supposed to end fierce fighting which 
had gone on among so-called Christians since the beginning of 
the Reformation. But it provided for toleration of only 
Catholics and Lutherans. German Catholics and Protestants 
were particularly hostile. Beginning as a civil war in Germany, 
this bitter strife resulted in a series of tragic conflicts that lasted 
from 1619 till 1648. In the last phase, the war became political, 
a struggle between France and the German states aided by 
Sweden. Finally, after four years of negotiations, the Treaty of 
Wesphalia was signed in 1648. This agreement gave the south 
German states of Alsace and Lorraine to' France and provided 
for three acceptable religions: Catholic, Lutheran, and 
Reformed. No others were tolerated. This was the religious 
situation in Germany in 1708, Both rulers and churchmen made 
trouble for the Pietists and Brethren as they had the Anabaptists 
earlier. 

THE REFORMATION 

A reformation is a change in shape or form or, a renewing. 
In Europe The Reformation was an attempt to bring much- 
needed changes, as reformers challenged the powerful Roman 
Catholic Church. The result was more of a revolution than a 
reformation. Wars were fought and thousands of lives lost. For 
many years, sincere Christians had known and lamented the 
abuses in the Roman Church. Some of these errors were the 
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forbidding priests to marry, the power of the pope, and the 
belief that the bread and cup of communion became the flesh 
and blood of Jesus. The reformers fought to return to the Bible 
as their sole authority for doctrine. 

In England, John Wycliffe (13207-1384), called the 
"Morning Star of the Reformation," attacked the false doctrines 
of the church. The pope pronounced him a heretic. Wycliffe, 
seeing he need of the English people to have the Bible in their 
own language, translated the New Testament and part of the 
Old Testament. He was convinced that the only foundation for 
doctrine was the Word of God. Wycliffe's followers, the 
Lollards, continued his work after his death. They completed 
his translation of the Scriptures which was the first English 
version of the entire Bible. 

In Bohemia, John Huss (13697-1415) was influenced by 
Wycliffe's teachings, and he, too, opposed the errors of the 
Roman Church. He was called to trial, not allowed to defend 
himself, and condemned to be burned at the stake. His 
followers, Hussites, and many others continued to oppose the 
false doctrines, but not until 1517 did the Reformation begin 
with lasting results. 

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian priest, 
nailed his ninety-five theses (or protests) to the church door at 
Wittenburg, Germany. He did not intend to break from the 
Roman Church, but it seemed impossible to make a change 
from inside. His "justification by faith alone" was not received; 
the pope pronounced him a heretic and finally excommunicated 
him. Luther's reliance on the government for support, and using 
force on those who opposed him were obvious errors. In use 
even today is his German translation of the Bible, possibly his 
greatest accomplishment. 

Contemporary with Luther was Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) 
of Zurich, Switzerland. He too had been a Catholic priest. He 
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but they could not quite come together to unite their efforts. 
Zwingli died in battle with Roman Catholics. After Zwingli's 
death, John Calvin (1509-1564) began teaching in Geneva, 
Switzerland. Quoting from God's World His Story by Roger 
Berry (page 353): "Calvin's influence spread far beyond 
Geneva after his death. Followers of Calvin's teachings became 
known as Calvinists. Calvinists in France became known as 
Huguenots; in Holland they were called the 'Reformed Church'; 
and in Scotland they became known as Presbyterians." In 1561 
Calvinists separated completely from the Lutheran Church. 
Thus, after 1561, there were two Protestant churches, Lutheran 
and Reformed, plus the Roman Catholics. These three all 
opposed by force, and with the power of the state, those who 
disagreed with them. The result was persecution, conflict, 
religious wars, and discontent. 
Review questions: 

1 . What treaty ended the Thirty Years' War? 

2. Who was the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire? 

3. How long did the Holy Roman Empire last? 

4. Why was the Holy Roman Empire called "holy"? 

5. Name the modern nations this empire included. 

6. Name two prominent leaders who opposed the Catholic 
Church before 1517. 

7. In our study, what two men translated the Bible? 

8. What three churches were tolerated in Europe after the 
Treaty of Westphalia? --L.C. 



Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious 
triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank 
with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much 
because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory 
nor defeat. 

By Theodore Roosevelt 

Selected by Linda Frick 



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HYMN HISTORY 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name 

Edward Perronet wrote this majestic hymn when he was 
minister of an independent church in Canterbury. Earlier he had 
ministered in the Anglican Church for some time but became 
fed up with what he felt was the church's "nonsense." He then 
became a Methodist, joining up with the Wesleys. As a 
Methodist, he faced persecution. John Wesley recorded on one 
occasion the "Edward Perronet was thrown down and rolled in 
mud and mire." Perronet soon broke with the Wesleys over the 
issue of who could administer the sacraments. He joined a 
group called the Connexion but later left them as well. 

Apparently Perronet wasn't an easy person to get along 
with, and yet his hymn indicates that there is coming a time 
when all believers, regardless of petty disagreements, will join 
together in a celestial chorus. 

All hail the power of Jesus' name! 

Let angels prostate fall: 

Bring forth the royal diadem, 

And crown Him Lord of all; 

Bring forth the royal diadem, 

And crown Him Lord of all! 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and 
Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

BIRTH 
ROYER - A daughter, Michaela Morgan, born July 25 to Caleb 
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FOR YOUTH: Parable of the Pencil 

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting 
him into the box. 

"There are five things you need to know/' he told the pencil, 
"before I send you out into the world. Always remember them 
and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can 
be." 

"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if 
you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand." 

"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time 
to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil." 

"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might 
make. " 

"Four: The most important part of you will always be 
what's inside." 

"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must 
leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must 
continue to write." 

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went 
into the box with purpose in its heart. -Author unknown 



THE HAVEN OF HIS LOVE 
The sea of life is rough and stormy, 

And my craft is small and frail; 
But with God's hand upon the wheel 

I can weather any gale! 

And when doubts and fears assail me 
And they seek to overwhelm, 

In perfect peace I rest securely 
For my God is at the helm! 
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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Charity. . . Vaimteth Not Itself 

"What beautiful, thick braids!" the clerk in the grocery store 
exclaimed. "They are so shiny and smooth!" 

Charity shyly stepped closer to Mother. The clerk's 
attention embarrassed her. Mother quietly said to the clerk, 
"Yes, God blessed my daughter with thick hair." She paid her 
bill; then she and Charity gathered up their bags of groceries 
and left the store. 

After checking the time in the car, Mother said, "I think we 
have time to stop at Weaver's on the way home. I want to visit 
with Eilene a little. You may play with Stacy while we visit." 

"Oh, goody! Goody!" Charity cried, clapping her hands. 
"Stacy is fun to play with, and she has two of the cutest dolls!" 

"Look, Stacy," Charity said after playing awhile. "Don't I 
have pretty, thick braids? They are so shiny and smooth. 
Yours really aren't pretty at all. They're short and, and. . . 
puny! They're really messy, too." 

Stacy stopped rocking her baby, and a very sad expression 
came over her face. Tears gathered in her eyes. "I can't help 
what my hair is like," she said. "My mother tries to comb it 
neatly, but it just curls and kinks and doesn't ever look nice. I. . 
. I hate my hair!" The tears ran down her cheeks and plopped 
onto her doll's face. 

"Charity," called Mother. "It's time to go." 

"Okay," Charity answered. "Thank you for letting me play 
with this doll, Stacy. Bye!" 

On the way home, Mother asked, "Why didn't Stacy come 
along out when we left?" 

"She was crying because her hair is so ugly and kinky," 
Charity answered. "I had her look at my shiny, thick braids. 
She started crying because hers aren't pretty at all." 



Mother looked sad. "Charity/' she said, "I'm sorry you 
heard what that clerk said about your hair. Did you hear what I 
told the clerk?" 

"You told her God blessed me with thick hair," Charity 
remembered. 

"And that's exactly right," Mother told her. "God gave you 
smooth, thick hair, and He gave Stacy short, thin, kinky hair. 
Neither of you had anything to do with the way your hair ig. 
I'm afraid my Charity is 'puffed up' about her hair today. 
Remember, true charity tries to make others happy. I would 
like my Charity to forget about her hair and try to be loving and 
kind always. Then you won't have a problem with being puffed 
up. 

"Uh huh," Charity said as she nodded her head. She 
understood. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




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VOL. 49 SEPTEMBER. 2002 No. 9 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

SUNSET SONG 

I sit in the sunset and twilight 
With a heart full, delighted, and free; 
And wonder why Jesus my Saviour 
Has had such compassion on me. 

I marvel at soft, fading colors; 
At creation's pure beauty and glow; 
And I think then of perfect redemption 
Through which joyful freedom I know. 

I think of the cleansed, sparkling splendor, 
Of the sunshine that follows the rain; 
It reminds me of the precious enjoyment, 
Of the joys that come after the pain. 

I ponder the mysteries of Heaven, 

Of resplendent eternity there, 

And the thought is completely o'crwhelming, 

That the Lord makes a place for mc there. 

I sit in the last fading daylight 

And give thanks for the wonder of prayer, 

That before, I present my petition, 

His answer is already there! 

I thank Thee, my God and my Father; 
I thank Thee, most wonderful Friend, 
For granting to me ail these blessings, 
And in Heaven, a life without end. 

Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 



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OUR VISIT TO HAITI 

"Could you go to Haiti and be part of a teaching team for 
the benefit of native teachers and pastors?" Three years ago 
Brother Roy Zimmerman from Indiana began asking. It took 
me by surprise as we had never done anything like that, I was 
still teaching here. But when Brother Roy asked again recently, 
I could not refuse. 

The experience was one we will not soon forget. To see a 
land of poverty and deprivation like Haiti is by itself a valuable 
experience for us from a country of affluence. But to be 
involved in the lives of believers there was special indeed. 

Martha and I took American Airlines from Sacramento to 
Dallas to Miami where we met Lester and Elsie Martin and Paul 
and Anna May Newswanger from Pennsylvania. All in our 
sixties, we made quite a picture of white folks to a black . 
country. Our airport destination was Port Au Prince in Haiti, a 
country of seven million— the poorest in the Western 
Hemisphere. 

We were hosted by Daniel and Krystel Shaum, Curtis and 
Sharon Martin, and Jean Horst, truly a group of devoted, 
active, useful young Christians representing Mennonite Gospel 
Mission in a needy country. 

Curtis met us and transported us and our luggage west to 
MGM at Beraca (near Miragoane) where the week long 39th 
Leadership Seminar took place. 

Accommodations at the mission were comfortable. Even 
absence of hot water seemed refreshing in the humid weather, 
100 degrees at times. In this tropical country, none of the 
buildings need heating systems ever. 

The young missionaries showed us around to some of their 
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roads and terrain, through crowds of people and vehicles of 
every description and in various stages of repair. 

It was a pleasant surprise to meet native people so open and 
friendly. Though we were different, (My white beard was a real 
oddity.) we were welcomed by the Haitians. We visited in 
some homes—poor but tidy, yet surrounded by unbelievable 
trash and filth. The people were as well dressed as their means 
would allow and kept clean, carrying water from distant wells. 

With Krystel's help, Martha was able to buy some things in 
the busy markets and brought home dozens of beautiful doilies 
made by the men and women in their community under the 
direction of MGM. They sell well here, and this is one way we 
can encourage industry in a country so in need of work, income, 
and incentive. 

One valuable service of the mission is a daily clinic and a 
well-supplied pharmacy staffed by Jean Horst (R.N.), several 
assistants, and a native lady skilled in medicine, wife of Pastor 
Adrien of the mission church. 

Brother Lester Martin, one of the committee supporting 
MGM in Haiti, was there to manage and advise in every area of 
the project. One example was his help in repairing the mission 
generator and vehicles. He knows many of the natives, having 
made the trip often since the mission's beginning in 1980. 

The seminar held each weekday from 8:15 to 1:15, was 
attended by about 160 native teachers and pastors representing 
nine schools, more churches ; and 2,175 students. (Schools are 
large, 200-450, and classes are up to 82 students for one 
teacher.) 

Each session began with beautiful Creole singing and 
prayers. The first talk by native Pastor Sophony Sincere was on 
qualities of a Christian. Sophony was indeed sincere and spoke 
well on meekness, patience, honesty, thankfulness, and 
separation in the five days. A native interpreter gave us his 
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Brother Paul followed with a review of a new study book, 
The Life of Christ. A copy of the book in Creole was given to 
each one, and Paul traced the life of Jesus from the New 
Testament as well as from the. simple version in the study book. 

I was privileged to participate, speaking from a chapter in I 
Thessalonians each day, relating especially to teaching and 
classroom situations. 

On Sunday and each evening, several hundred residents 
came to outdoor services shared by Paul and me with more 
beautiful singing and prayers by Haitian leaders. 

The teachers and pastors stayed at the mission all week, 
sleeping on the floor in vacant classrooms with comforters for 
padding. Early in the morning from our upstairs rooms we 
heard reverent singing and praying by the men below. Truly 
inspiring! One of the songs they often sang translates, "How 
much I owe unending love." If they owe much, how about us? 

The mission furnished three good meals a day to attendees; 
they hired native cooks who worked in a cook shack of canvas 
and palm branches out in the courtyard. 

We appreciated the skill of the native interpreters: Pastor 
Adrien Leriche, Pastor Antonio Milord, and Sony Etienne. 
Pastor Ednore, usually so active, was unable to participate 
because of illness. I am unable to fully describe the privilege of 
making new friends, seeing their devotion and yet realizing they 
are very human with problems we have never seen: poverty, 
disease, and unemployment. 

We thank God for those involved in the many missions in 
Haiti. We are especially grateful for having been included in 
this work. Leslie and Martha Cover 

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble 
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their 
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive 
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GROWING IN GRACE: BEYOND SALVATION 
INTO TRANSFORMATION 

"(You), a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be a (Christian), 
separated unto the gospel of God. . . Concerning his Son Jesus 
Christ our Lord. . . declared to be the Son of God with power, 
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the 
dead: By whom (you) have received grace and (disciple ship), 
for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 
among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. " (Romans 
1:1,3-6) 

When we receive Christ into our hearts and lives, we enter 
into the servanthood of Him, heeding the call to be separated 
unto the Gospel. The great power we receive through His Holy 
Spirit enables us to live in the spirit of holiness, following Him 
in grace and obedience to the faith. 

The Christian life is one of movement, progression. There 
have been many Christian movements, most of which have 
concentrated on certain aspects of the Gospel. It is the will of 
God that we serve Him in fullness, both with-in ourselves and 
with-in His total Gospel. We can do this only by His grace. 

What is His grace? We sing, "how sweet the sound," and 
surely it is, but only if His people are active in possessing the 
fruits of transformation. Growing in grace advances us in the 
fruits of the Spirit, 

Grace means "unmerited favor, undeserved favor," "spiritual 
strength," given by God to us; taking pity on us, He has great 
mercy for us freely. (Ro. 3:24) We cannot earn it for ourselves, 
but we can accept it as His gift to us. It gradually clothes us 
with something entirely opposing to our natural instincts and 
desires. (Ro. 5:21) 

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(cf. Ti. 2; 11,12) Grace doesn't abound when we continue to 
sin. (Ro. 6:1-7) Grace abounds by abiding in Jesus, in His 
righteousness, becoming more and more like Him, involving our 
attitudes, actions, thoughts, and motives. Pride is one high 
obstacle that we have to conquer. Grace is obtained and 
abounded in through genuine humility. (Js. 4:6) Therefore, if 
we think we are growing and attaining in Jesus, let us take heed 
lest we fall. (I Co. 10:12) In this aspect we lean heavily on our 
brethren and sisters to share concerns with us. This doesn't give 
us license to be critical of one another as it would indicate a 
hard, legalistic attitude, but it moves us to love and to be 
considerate of one another. My brother is my mirror in which 
to examine myself. Do you ever talk to yourself in the mirror? 
We should! 

As we examine ourselves (I Co. 11:28, II Co. 13:5), we do 
so with Jesus standing before us, and His Word open before us, 
and our minds open before Him. This should be a daily 
occurrence. But beware! We tend to deceive ourselves to be 
something better than what we are (pride). The actions and 
attitudes that our brothers see can be invaluable. Some deceive 
themselves into something less than what they are (low esteem) 
which can be devastating and sinful. We need to see ourselves 
as we are! The closer to Jesus we get, the more He will enable 
us to see ourselves in a true light. (He illumines us.) 

We can't talk about grace without talking about love. 
Without love, we would not have grace or mercy. Therefore, 
love is a partial definition of grace. Love is a subject in itself; 
essential and important. Love is the ingredient that keeps the 
clay pliable. We are clay and we need shaping, molding, 
bending in our Master's hands. 

This brings us to the fruits of the Spirit, which seem to be 
further growths of grace: joy follows love and is another 
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tend to fail here because we look too much at the negatives. 
For example, we tend to focus on non-conformity to the world 
when the positive, conforming ourselves to Christ, would be 
much more up-building and transforming, renewing our minds 
to the mind of Christ. This leads us into joy! The result is true 
non-conformity. 

Peace in our hearts, peace with one another, peace with 
God, peace with our enemies. This peace passes all 
understanding (Ph. 4:7) and secures our hearts and minds 
through Jesus. 

LongsufFering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, 
temperance. Some opposites of these would be impatience, 
rough, harsh, inconsiderate, distrust, proud, short tempered, 
easily angered, easily offended. 

It is no small wonder that grace is a name used for females. 
I have never met a man or boy named Grace. I also have never 
met a man or boy with these "graces" who was not possessed 
by the Holy Spirit! But, in general, a woman's spirit tends to 
have, to some extent, these graces naturally. She still needs the 
Holy Spirit, of course, and she will abound even more. 

In I Thessalonians 5:1 1-22 we have what God's people need 
to be: C aring "comfort yourselves together"; positive "edify 
one another"; aware "know those who labor among you"; 
sub mi ssive "and admonish you"; approachable "esteem highly in 
love"; longsuffering "be at peace"; careful "warn those who are 
disorderly"; understanding "comfort the feebleminded"; 
supportive "support the weak"; patient "be patient toward all"; 
forgiving "not rendering evil for evil"; wholesome "follow that 
which is good"; joyful "rejoice evermore"; prayerful "pray 
without ceasing"; thankful "in everything give thanks"; 
exercised "quench not the Spirit"; obedient "despise not 
prophesyings"; thoughtful "prove all things"; uncompromising 
"hold. . .to the good"; watchful "abstain if it even appears evil." 

(July-August issue of UPLOOK magazine, 2002) 



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"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving 
om another. . ," (Ep. 4:32); because ". . .the Lord is very pitiful, 
and of tender mercy." (Js, 5:11c) If our focus isn't on Jesus and 
being like Him, we will miss out. ". . .Though our outward man 
perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." (II Co. 2:8) 

We can "abuse" the grace of God by receiving ". . .the grace 
of God in vain." (II Co. 6:1) We can ". . .frustrate the grace of 
God," (Ga. 2:21) by falling back on the law, by falling back on 
externals (the outward man, see II Co 4:18) "Are ye so foolish? 
Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the 
flesh?" (Ga. 3:3) This is preposterous! Furthermore, "Christ is 
become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by 
the law" (i.e. any man-made laws and legislation or man's 
philosophies. Co. 2:8) The promise is clear throughout the 
New Testament: "That being justified by his grace, we should 
be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Ti. 3:7) 

What can we conclude? Paul gives us a precise conclusion: 
". . My grace is sufficient for thee. . ." (II Co. 12:9) This 
should bring us great comfort and freedom from the world. It 
"approves" us before Him according to how we administer our 
lives in ministry to Him. (II Co. 6:1-10) Let us take heed to our 
attitudes, our actions, our speech, our philosophies. Let us do 
unto others as we would have them do unto us. 

(Mi 7:12) Let us pray for each other. Let us allow the 
power of Jesus to control us in all things, (cf II Pe. 1 :3-l 1) Let 
us keep our minds on Jesus. "And the peace of God, which 
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus." (Ph. 4:7) The outcome is contingent on 
our giving up of ourselves and growing in the grace of His 
transforming power. "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both 
now and forever. Amen. " (II Pe. 3 : 1 8) 
Ron Cable 
West Lebanon, Indiana 



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HYMN STUDY: Jesus Is Precious and Fair 

Jesus precious is and fair; 
Cherish Him as priceless treasure; 
With Him no one can compare; 
Praising Him is my heart's pleasure. 
Jesus, Jesus, Him alone 
Will my hymn in praise intone. 

He is all that I desire; 
Jesus gratifies me solely, 
All that my heart may aspire, 
All that makes me pure and holy. 
Jesus, source of all my need, 
Satisfies my wants indeed. 

Blest is he who follows Him; 
Blest is he who finds the Saviour, 
Who lets naught in life bedim 
Pursuits of intrinsic pleasure. 
Then he will eternally 
Comforted and strengthened be. 

Unsurpassed the ecstasy 

And the rapture, ever flowing, 

Jesus sends unsparingly, 

All His love and grace bestowing, 

If we but be true to Him, 

Never let faith's light grow dim. 

So will I forevermore 
Offer Him my adoration, 
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He alone is my salvation. 
Only in Him can I be 
Thus redeemed eternally. 

Jesus! lead my by the hand; 
Guide my soul in virtuous living. 
Be a bond, as Thou hast planned, 
To unite, without misgiving, 
Me with Thee eternally, 
Jesus! truly blest to be. 
Hymn 80 in the Amana Church Hymnal, translated by Henrietta M. Ruff 

Eberhard Ludwig Gruber (1665-1728), author of the above 
hymn, is the one who posed the forty "ground-searching" 
questions which Alexander Mack answered in a treatise. 
Gruber, formerly a pastor in the state church, became a leader 
in the Community of True Inspiration, a group that lived 
alongside the Brethren in Schwarzenau. This group later came 
to America and started the Amana Colonies in Iowa. This was 
one of Gruber's hymns which was printed in the first Brethren 
hymnbook published in this country, Das Kleine Davidische 
Psalterspiel; (1744-1830). This hymnbook was patterned after 
the larger Inspirationist book, Davidische Psalter spiel \ still used 
some in Amana. It was translated for an English hymnbook, 
The Amana Church Hymnal (1992), used by the Amana Church 
Society. 

Michael Harris 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN 

SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE IN EUROPE 

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye 
make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within 
they are full of extortion and excess." —Matthew 23:25 

We have briefly outlined some of the conflicts in Europe 
before 1708. There were more. This was a time of strife— of 
greedy rulers— of suffering common people. Let's consider the 
social and religious conditions in Europe, particularly in 
Germany, the setting of the Brethren development. 

RULERS 

In 17.00, Central Europe was perhaps 300 separate 
territories, besides the holdings of 1500 imperial knights of 
about one eighth of a square mile each. These territories had 
their own rulers, all loosely united under the emperor of the 
Holy Roman Empire. The Roman Catholic Church, without 
serious rivals, backed this once powerful empire. However, 
after the Reformation and treaties of Augsburg in 1555 and 
Westphalia in 1648, (with many struggles in between) power 
was divided. Roman Catholics now shared their influence with 
two Protestant churches. All were jealously competing— even 
the Lutheran with the Reformed. The emperor became a social 
figurehead, giving orders but powerless to enforce them. 
Lesser rulers made their own laws and held the people in 
absolute subjection. The proud, extravagant king of France 
Louis XIV claimed, "I am the state." Nobles and rulers all over 
the empire tried to imitate his style of indulgence and splendor. 
Dr. Durnbaugh writes, "One historian compared the age with 
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gold and purple raiment and topped with an imposing wig, the 
king repelled because of the evil stench of his unwashed body 
upon closer approach." {European Origins, Pages 25,26) 
Similarly, society maintained an image of pride and 
magnificence; however, the people were poor and lacking 
spiritual life. 

THE CLERGY 

Religion was determined by the ruler from one of three 
approved churches: Catholic, Lutheran, or Reformed. As the 
ruler was replaced, the new one could choose another church 
and clergy, and the common people simply had to follow. A 
man could be born in one faith, live his life in another, and die in 
a third. When a new belief was accepted, the old was criticized 
and suppressed. 

The ministers of the church were also officials of the state. 
Church and state were so combined that it was difficult to 
oppose such a combination of power. Heavy taxes from 
extravagant rulers, with clergy and nobility exempt, placed an 
unbearable burden on the common people. "Church fees" 
added still more. 

If the clergy had been upright and spiritual, the heavy 
burdens would have been lighter. But many were not. 
Immorality, drunkenness, and graft were typical. Preaching was 
often unedifying attacks against the opposing churches, detailed 
harangues on minor points of doctrine, or "scholastic quibbling" 
that left worshippers empty and cold. 

With the religious picture so confusing, it is no surprise to 
see dissatisfaction. The printing press made the Bible available 
to more people. Men began to study and question unreasonable 
practices of all three state churches. Small groups of protesters 
sprang up throughout Europe. Many who longed for a more 
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ANABAPTISTS 

A study of the Brethren would be incomplete without 
including the Anabaptists. Historians say that our brethren 
were the product of both Pietist and Anabaptist beliefs. Besides 
influencing the Brethren in their doctrines and practices, 
Anabaptists (Mennonites) provided relief when Brethren groups 
were forced to leave their homes and relocate. 

The Swiss Brethren in Zurich were some of the first 
Anabaptists. Their young leaders, Conrad Grebel and Felix 
Manz, were zealous students of Ulrich Zwingli. They respected 
and followed him as long as they could. When he began, from 
the Bible, to fervently and eloquently attack the mass, question 
infant baptism, and point out other errors in the Catholic 
Church, Grebel and Manz were faithful supporters. However, 
Zwingli believed that he needed the state authorities to back up 
his movement with temporal power. He gave up his objection 
to infant baptism, even arguing for it from Scriptures. He also 
allowed the authorities of Zurich to make the decision about 
when the mass should be discontinued. Grebel and Manz were 
joined by Simon Stumpf, George Blaurock, and others in their 
study of the Word and their attempts to reason with their 
teacher Zwingli. (to be continued) 

Review questions: 

1. What was meant by 'The ruler determines the religion"? 

2. Explain the meaning of the comparison of the age to the person of . 
Louis XIV. 

3. What invention made the Bible available to the common people? 

4. Why should we know who the Anabaptists were and what they 
believed? ~L,C. 



BAPTISM 

Melissa Miller, August 18, Indiana congregation 
We rejoice with the angels and pray that this young soul will 
serve the Lord Jesus all her days. 



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THE TEACHER'S PRAYER 
Schools are back in session and teachers are now busy. 
Students are enthused about another year. This poem we 
dedicate to our teachers— and parents too. 

My scholars all for Jesus— 

This be my earnest prayer, 

For they are souls immortal, 

Entrusted to my care. 

For each the Master careth; 

I long so much for each; 

Grant, Lord, the heavenly wisdom 

These wayward hearts to reach. 

My girls, light-headed, thoughtless, 
On trifling things intent; 
These cost a priceless ransom; 
On these my care be spent, 
That each a willing handmaid, 
Be brought to, own her Lord; 
"Whate'er He says, to do it," 
Obedient to His Word. 

My boys I want for Jesus— 
My wayward, wandering boys, 
So full of life and mischief, 
So charmed by earthly joys; 
For them the Saviour suffered; 
For them His life was given; 
Lord, by that holy ransom. 
Bring all my boys to heaven. 



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Bless every faltering word 



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My trembling lips may utter 
To bring them to the Lord. 
So fleeting are the moments 
Of opportunity! 
Jesus, Lord and Saviour, 
Bring all my class to Thee. 

Author Unknown 
From The Christian School Builder 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Charity . . . Doth Not Behave Itself Unseemly 

"Oh, isn't it fun to swing?" Charity said to her cousin 
Kimberly. "Let's see how high we can go." Both girls pumped 
hard and soon their swings went as high as the swing set bar. 
"These big swings at the park are so much more fun than our 
little swings at home," she said as they slowed their swings. 

"I want to swing my doll," Kimberly said. "Let's go get our 
dolls." Off they ran to get their dolls from their cars. 

"Look, the girls are off their swings!" Cousin Lyndal told 
Tyler. "Let's swing." The two boys were swinging fast and 
high when Charity and Kimberly returned. 

"Hey, boys! We had those swings!" Kimberly said. 

"They were empty when we got on," Lyndal told her. 

"But we just went to get our dolls so we could swing them," 
Charity explained. 

"Sorry, the swings were empty. We have them now!" Tyler 
said. "Get other swings." 

"But there aren't two swings empty side-by-side," Charity 
said. "You boys just get off those swings right now! We did 
have them first!" and Charity stamped her foot. 

"Come on, boys. We're going to tell on you. Please let us 
have the swings," Kimberly coaxed. 



Grinning, the boys slowed their swings to a stop but still sat 
in the swings. 

"Push them out!" Charity yelled. She ran at Lyndal from 
behind and pushed at his back as hard as she could. Kimberly 
pulled on Tyler and tried to pry his hands loose from the chains. 

Suddenly, in the midst of struggling with Lyndal, a thought 
came into Charity's mind, ". . .doth not behave itself unseemly." 
At first, she ignored it and kept fighting to get Lyndal off the 
swing. But, "doth not behave itself unseemly . . . doth not 
behave itself unseemly . . . doth not behave itself unseemly ..." 
insisted on invading her mind. I guess this would be "behaving 
unseemly, " she thought, Vm not really loving Lyndal when I'm 
trying to spoil his fun just so I can have the swing. Yes, I do 
want to have charity. "I'm sorry, Lyndal," she said. "You can 
have the swing, Come, Kimberly, let's let the boys swing, and 
we can take our dolls for a walk. " 

"Okay," Kimberly agreed. "That'll be more fun anyway-. 
Let's go see the peacocks." 

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VOL. 49 OCTOBER -NOVEMBER. 2002 Nos. 10 & 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 



THANKS TO GOD 

Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy 
From Thy. gracious throne above; 
Thanks for every need provided 
From the fullness of Thy love! 
Thanks for daily toil and labor 
And for rest when shadows fall; 
Thanks for love of friend and neighbor 
And Thy goodness unto all! 

Thanks for thorns as well as roses, 
Thanks for weakness and for health; 
Thanks for clouds as well as sunshine, 
Thanks for poverty and wealth! 
Thanks for pain as well as pleasure- 
All Thou sendest day by day; 
And Thy Word, our dearest treasure, 
Shedding light upon our way. 

Thanks, O God, for home and fireside, 

Where we share our daily bread; 

Thanks for hours of sweet communion, 

When by Thee our souls are fed! 

Thanks for grace in time of sorrow 

And for joy and peace in Thee; 

Thanks for hope today, tomorrow, 

And for all eternity! 

August Ludwig- Storm, 1862-1914 
Translated by Norman Johnson 
From Great Hymns of the Faith 



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THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR 

Lord, Vm discouraged. Things are getting me down, and 
Tm having difficulty being as thankful as I should be. I know I 
should not be this way because I have so much, and I pray that 
Thy sweet Holy Spirit will take away my gloom and give me a 
thankful heart. 

Have you ever felt this way and prayed for help? The big 
battles and the important issues of life get a lot of attention, but 
more often the little things are where we either have victory or 
defeat. If we believe that God has complete control over all 
events, large or small, then we can rest, trust, and be at peace— 
and be thankful. 

How good that our nation each year proclaims a day of 
thanksgiving to God! Not all nations do. Not all rulers care 
much about their people. We have been pampered by good 
government, freedom, and personal "rights." Our nation 
promotes prosperity, though God controls it all. Certainly good 
government should be on our list of "things to be thankful for." 1 

For example, one of the problems of Haiti is a government 
that doesn't help its people. Things we take for granted-gooti 
roads, schools, traffic control, hospitals, postal service, 
promotion of agriculture, and more-seem non-existent or very 
poor in Haiti. And yet Christians there are happy and thankful. 
One song we heard over and over was (roughly translated from 
Creole): 

How much I owe love without end! 
How much I owe to Christ for me! 
I know He truly gave all for me; 
I cannot say how much I owe. 



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Jesus died on Calvary; 
Christ came to die for me. 
I ask to know my pardon sure. 
How much I owe! How much I owe! 

In their poverty, they realize that Jesus gives us unending 
love and so much more to thank Him for. How about us who 
have been given so much? Paul wrote, "What hast thou that 
thou didst not receive?" Jesus said, "Freely ye have received, 
freely give." 

While we were in Haiti, a native pastor taught, "No one, not 
even a rich man, owes you a gift. . You need to be thankful." 
This young man realized that the poor people of his country 
have been helped much by those of other nations. He could see 
that some might think they deserve this help and tend to be 
unthankful. We know it is our duty to share the abundance we 
have been given, but it is true that to give a gift is not the same 
as paying a debt. It reminds me of the goodness of God, and 
how undeserving we are. We, too, are poor, and God gives us 
all we have. We need to thank Him and serve Him. 

God has blessed us with a goodly heritage— not only the 
heritage of the faith, but also the value of diligent work habits, 
how to manage our time and resources. We should be thankful 
for gardening skills, cooking, canning, and sewing experience, 
sense in buying and selling, and wisdom in maintaining good 
health and cleanliness. While these are physical skills, they are 
valuable, and we are poor without them. They are things to be 
thankful for. 

Beyond this is the knowledge of God's will for us. 
Sometimes the depth of God's Word makes us realize how little 
we know. But we are assured that we can understand what we 
need to know: "That the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour 
of the world,"— that He invites all to come and be saved— that 
God loves us and that what He asks of us is not impossible— 
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"What God orders He is willing to pay for." He certainly paid a 
debt He didn't owe, and I owed a debt I couldn't pay. 

You can make your own list of things to be thankful for. 
The list is endless, for we should be thankful for all that Jesus 
did. And John wrote (21:25): "And there are also many other 
things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written 
every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain 
the books that should be written." How much I owe! 

It is hard to be thankful when we are depressed. But we 
should turn it around and say that to count our blessings will 
help us out of depression. 

Thank You, Lord, for what You have done for me. Help me 
respond by being encouraged myself and encouraging those 
whose lives I touch — L.C. 

THANKFUL 
Thankful? Yes, because I owe so much. 
Lord, create in me a thankful heart 
That I may help and strengthen those I touch 
And in their sorrow bear and share a part. 

Thankful? Yes, when many are in need, 
And I go on so free and blest, 
And often give myself to pride and greed 
And carelessly forget to help the rest. 

Thankful? I hope to be so more and more 
As I behold the difference in this world below. 
Some have much, and some remain so poor. 
Lord, teach me, prod me, and Thy grace bestow. 

Thankful? My list of blessings never ends, 
So living, kind, and good Thou art to me; 
How many and how helpful are my friends; 
Thy love and mercy are so great, so free. —L.C. 



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GROWING IN GRACE: 
NEGLECT NOT THE GIFTS OF GOD 

j 

As we search further into this subject of growing in grace, 
or maturing in grace, we have observed that amazing 
transformations take place in our lives. And we must realize 
and always keep in mind that the root of grace is love. Without 
love, we don't have grace, and without grace we are miserable 
and empty. 

So Paul counsels Timothy to be "an example of the 
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, 
in purity" (I Tim. 4:12) We must carefully scrutinize every 
aspect of our life to see if it lines up with the teachings and 
examples of Jesus. Are my words considerate and kind? Is my 
conversation careful? Is my charity sincere and heart-felt? Is 
my faith evident to others? Am I maintaining a pure life, in 
thought and action? "Meditate upon these things; give thyself 
wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all." (I Tim. 
4:15) 

We have all "received the gift," the Holy Spirit who 
comforts, empowers and controls us. So we are to "minister 
the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold 
grace of God" (I Pet. 4:10) The grace of God is multi- 
facetted, and each plane of the gem is highly polished to shine 
His glory in a way that only you can do. That is why we must 
be good stewards of what He has given us, where He has 
placed us, or where He wants to send us; ". . .that God in all 
things may be glorified through Jesus Christ. . ." (v. 1 1) 

Paul reminds Timothy to "Neglect not the gift that is in 
thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of 
the hands of the presbytery." (I Tim. 4:14) We tend to neglect 
the Holy Spirit, especially in this age of so many distractions. 
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received this priceless gift, the Holy Spirit. But we need to 
"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in 
them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them 
that hear thee." (I Tim, 4:16) Personal study, prayer, and 
meditation are required to keep the Spirit working in us. Our 
brother or sister can't do it for us; hearing the Word preached 
won't do it for us. These have their place and are necessary, but 
we won't find our place in the local assembly until we personally 
attend to our spirituality. 

The Spirit then transforms us into a workman in the 
Kingdom with a specific gift or place for the purpose of 
building His Church. "Having then gifts differing according to 
the grace that is given to us: ... prophecy... ministry... 
teaching... exhortation... giving... ruling... showing mercy. 
(Rom. 12:6-8) "Words of wisdom... word of knowledge..: 
faith... healing... miracles... prophecy... discerning of spirits... 
speaking in tongues... interpretation of tongues. (I Cor. 12:8- 
10, cf 28,29) "apostles... prophets... evangelists... pastors... 
teachers." (Eph. 4:11) There is a specific purpose for all gifts: 
"For the perfecting of the saints." Does it lead us toward 
perfection or completeness in Christ? "For the work of the 
ministry." Does it contribute to the effectiveness of 
ministering? "For the edifying of the body of Christ." Does it 
inspire to farther knowledge, enhanced understanding, and 
intensify motivation to serving Jesus? (Eph. 4:12) If it doesn't, 
then it has no purpose or place in our situation. The Apostles 
have died and today we can only walk with Jesus through His 
Spirit and His Word. "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and 
yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." (I Cor. 12:31) The 
more excellent way is the fullness of His divine love: ". . .the 
greatest of these is charity." (I Cor. 13:13) Peter instructs, "If 
any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man 
minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that 
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whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever." (I Pet. 4:11) 
Paul confesses, ". . 1 was made a minister, according to the gift 
of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of 
his power " (Eph. 3:7) 

The conclusion must be then, that if we are not exercising in 
a gift of grace through the Holy Spirit, we have fallen into 
neglect. There is a place for every person that will ever join this 
glorious company of Jesus. There is much work to be done. 
Ministry is an area of need which could be as simple as listening 
in compassion and understanding, or crying together, or 
laughing together. We need to be careful that we "come behind 
in no gift" (I Cor. 1:7) 

So we must find ourselves being filled with knowledge of 
His will, His wisdom, and spiritual understanding; that our walk 
with the Lord is worthy, pleasing, and fruitful in everything; 
increasing in the knowledge of God; that we are continuing to 
be "strengthened with all might, according to his glorious 
power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness." 
(Col. 1:9-11) "And we desire that every one of you do shew 
the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end" 
(Heb. 6:11) Ron Cable 

West Lebanon, Indiana 

HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN 

SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE IN EUROPE 
ANABAPTISTS (continued) 

In one incident called the "October Disputation" in 1523, 
Zwingli and his followers met to discuss some of their growing 
differences. They all agreed that the mass was an "abomination 
before the Lord." But Zwingli wanted to move more slowly, 
carefully keeping the favor and protection of the Zurich City 
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challenged Zwingli by asking why he gave no instructions on 
doing away with the mass. 

"Zwingli quickly replied, 'My lords (the Zurich City 
Council) will decide whatever regulations are to be adopted in 
the future in regard to the mass.' 

"Such a statement startled Simon Stumpf, who exclaimed, 
'Master Ulrich, you do not have the right to place the decision 
on this matter in the hands of my lords, for the decision has 
already been made. The Spirit of God decides."' {God's World 
His Story, pp. 354,355) 

The rift was made. Other debates followed, but the 
different directions of teacher and followers became more and 
more apparent. On January 21, 1525, Grebel, Blaurock, and 
about a dozen others met at the house of Felix Manz. Here 
they performed their first baptisms and pledged to follow the 
Lord, to separate from the world, and to preach the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. They became known as the "Swiss Brethren." 
People began giving them the derogatory name of "Anabaptists" 
meaning "re-baptizers" from their disregard of infant baptism 
and their insistence on adult baptism upon repentance and 
confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Zwingli, with power of the 
government, responded with violence and suppression of the 
new movement. He had the leaders imprisoned and threatened 
them with punishment or death, even though they had been his 
friends. 

Nevertheless, fired with zeal, these young men taught their 
convictions to whoever would listen. They practiced non- 
resistance, going peaceably to prison or accepting punishments 
as suffering for the name of Jesus. 

Conrad Grebel's ministry lasted only a year and eight 
months, but he baptized hundreds including a huge crowd at St. 
Gall, Switzerland, where his work was most effective. He was 
arrested and sentenced to life in prison. Two weeks later he 



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and those imprisoned with him were helped to escape. He fled 
south but contacted the plague and died. 

Felix Manz, too, in a short two years, preached, baptized, 
and spent time in prison. At last the Zurich City Council 
sentenced him to death by drowning. Fearless and confident in 
the Savior, he was led to his cold death while a Zwingli 
preacher tried to persuade him to "be converted," and his 
mother called to him to be faithful His death sentence read: 
"Manz shall be delivered to the executioner, who shall tie his 
hands, put him into a boat. . . strip his bound hands down over 
his knees, place a stick between his knees and arms, and thus 
push him into the water. . . thereby he shall have atoned to the 
law and justice. . ." Felix Manz was the first of thousands who 
died for Christ as Anabaptists. His place of execution was the 
Limmat River where it flows through Zurich. 

In two years the Anabaptist faith spread over much of 
Switzerland, southern Germany, and Moravia, even though 
Catholics, Lutherans, and Zwinglians tried to stamp it out. 
Michael Satler, one of the new leaders, saw the need for 
unification in this swiftly-growing and persecuted church. He 
and other Swiss leaders met in 1527 at Schleitheim, 
Switzerland, to formulate a statement of belief that Anabaptists 
could unite on. The result was the Schleitheim Confession 
which gave seven points of doctrine they agreed on: baptism, 
the ban, breaking of bread, separation from evil, ordination of 
"shepherds," the sword, and taking of oaths. 

Another help to the Anabaptist movement came in the form 
of Menno Simons (1492-1559) in the Netherlands. At age 
twenty-eight, Menno became a Roman Catholic priest in 
Friesland. As he served, he became increasingly doubtful about 
the bread and cup actually becoming the body and blood of 
Christ. Studying the Bible, he saw other areas of error in the 
church. Eventually, he left the Catholic Church, joined the 
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Simons was a hunted man during his time of ministry, but he 
was never caught. He died a natural death in his native 
Friesland. His writings have been preserved in a large book 
entitled The Life and Writings of Menno Simons. From this 
time, the Anabaptist were called Mennists and later Mennonites. 
Today the Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Brethren in Christ, 
Old Order River Brethren, and others trace their spiritual 
ancestry to the Anabaptists. 
Review questions: 

1. Name six Anabaptist leaders from our study. (Some 
were in last month's Pilgrim) 

2. What did Zwingli and the Anabaptists call the mass? 

3. Why did Zwingli not want to change as fast as his young 
students demanded? — L.C. 

BAPTISMS 
Jesse Martin and Marcus Royer were baptized September 15 in 
the Indiana Congregation. We rejoice and pray that these 
young brethren will be faithful to serve the Lord Jesus wherever 
He leads. 

BIRTHS 
SAVAGE - A son, Benjamin Charles William, born October 23 
to Dale and Jodie Savage of Arcanum, Ohio. 
MOSER - A daughter, Emma Kate, born October 27 to Kendall 
and Lorrine Moser of Goshen, Indiana. 

MARRIAGE 
Seth Harper and Rachel Flora were married September 7 in 
Williamsport, Indiana. 
New Address: 26177 C.R. 32 

Goshen, IN 46526 

(574)862-1178 



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HYMN HISTORY 
Blest Be the Tie That Binds 
Their minister was leaving for a larger church in London, 
and the townspeople of Wainsgate, England, were sad. For 
seven years John Fawcett had served the small Baptist church. 
The congregation paid him a minimal salary, partly in potatoes 
and wool, but he was no stranger to need. Orphaned when he 
was twelve, John worked fourteen hours a day in a sweatshop. 
He learned to read by candlelight. 

Now as he was saying his farewells and saw tears on the 
faces of his people, he changed his mind and decided to stay a 
little longer and soon afterward wrote the hymn "Blest Be the 
Tie That Binds." 

John Fawcett never moved to the prestigious Carter's Lane 
Church in London, but remained in Wainsgate and died there 
fifty-four years later. 

Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love; 
The fellowship of kindred minds 
Is like to that above. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and 
Mark R. Morton @ 1995. Devotions written by William I Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

ADDRESS CHANGES 

Allan Bowser's: 3255 Pinnacle Mt. Rd., 

Harrison, AR 72601 

Joe and Carol Cover's home phone: (209) 928-1 155 

Tom Royer's home phone: (574) 862-2708 



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NOTE OF THANKS 
"Thank you" for all the brethren's blessings, help, prayers, 
and support during Addison's hospitalization. The meals were 
very helpful, the Sunshine box a real lift for the children, and all 
the calls and support were a real encouragement. Addison's 
recent doctor's appointment showed that he's 70% healed 
already. We thank the Lord for this and for you all. 
Most fondly, 
The Ken Johnson Family, West Lebanon, Indiana 

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING 
A message every adult should read because children are 
watching you and doing as you do, not as you say. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, 

And I immediately wanted to paint another one. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you feed a stray cat, 

And I learned that it was good to be kind to animals. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you make my favorite cake for me, 

And I learned that the little things can be the special things. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I heard you say a prayer, And I knew there is a God I could 

talk to, And I learned to trust in God. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, 

And I learned that we all have to help take care of each other. 



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When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had 
nothing, And I learned that those who have something 
Should give to those who don't. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I felt you kiss me good night, and I felt loved and safe. 

i 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw you take care of our house and every one in it, 

And I learned that we have to take care of what we are given. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 
I saw how you handled your responsibilities 
Even when you didn't feel good, and I learned 
That I would have to be responsible when I grew up. 
i 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 
I saw tears come from your eyes, And I learned that 
Sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything I could be. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

I I learned most of life's lessons 

That I need to know to be a good person. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, 

Hooked at you and wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things 

I saw when you thought I wasn't looking. " 

Selected by Tim and Serena Yoder 



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FOR YOUTH 
Kindness 

Being kind is more than saying: 
It is doing every day 
What makes those around us happy 
And go smiling on their way. 

To be kind, forgive men gladly; 
You have your faults, too, you know. 
Do as you'd be done by others 
To all humans, friend or foe. 

Kindness loves— it is not partial 
To the rich or smart or fair. 
Kindness treats all men as brothers, 
Spreads encouragement, offers prayer. 

If you're kind, you will be patient, 
Offering a helping hand; 
Taking time to really listen, 
And to feel and understand. 

So the real test of our kindness 

Is in real life every day. 

We show others by our actions 

Whether we mean what we say. 
Joy Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the 
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, 
in purity. -I Timothy 4:12 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Charity ... Is Not Easily Provoked 

"Oh, school's so fan, school's so fun, school's so fun!" 
Charity sang as she. climbed into the school van which Mother 
was driving this week. She was still singing when Lyndal got 
on, but she stopped suddenly when Lyndal' s lunch box bumped 
her head. "Stop that, Lyndal," she said angrily. "Quit hitting 
me with your lunch box." 

"I'm sorry," Lyndal said. "I didn't mean to bump you." 

Kimberly and Tyler got on next. Kimberly sat beside 
Charity. Tyler sat with Lyndal behind the girls. "Stop kicking 
our seat," Charity said to the boys as they rode along. "That 
doesn't feel good on our backs." 

Next Rosa got on. Kimberly scooted over by Charity to let 
Rosa sit down. "Let Rosa sit by me," Charity said in a cross 
voice. "You know Rosa and I like to sit together." Kimberly 
quietly moved over to let Rosa in beside Charity. 

"You boys are kicking the back of the seat again," Charity 
complained. "Mother, please make the boys stop kicking the 
seat. Boys, STOP it!" 

"Charity, can you say I Corinthians 13, verse five, please?" . 
Mother asked. 

Grudgingly, Charity began, "Doth not behave itself 
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh 
no evil;" 

"Now, think about the way you've been acting since we 
picked up Lyndal, and decide which part of the verse fits you 
this morning," Mother instructed. 

Charity thought awhile. Suddenly, she knew-she'd been 
provoked easily! But, she really didn't want to admit it out 
loud. 

Finally, Mother prompted, "Have you decided yet, Charity?" 



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"Uh huh," Charity mumbled. 

"What part is it?" Mother insisted. 

"Is not easily provoked," Charity admitted. 

"That's right," Mother said. "If you are easily provoked all 
day, school won't be any fun. What can you do to help 
matters?" 

"I can just let the boys kick the seat," Charity said. 

"Better yet, you can love the boys and Kimberly and Rose. 
You can apologize for being so easily provoked. I don't believe 
any of them havfe been trying to provoke you." 

"I'm sorry that I've been grouchy," Charity finally said. 

"Have a happy day-God's way!" Mother told them as they 
climbed out of the van at school. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




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VOL. 49 DECEMBER. 2002 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

JESUS 
His life was lowly; a stable shed 
Where wrapped in swaddling clothes He lay, 
Angels sang sweetly above His bed 
To shepherds watching for the day. 

His youth was loving, obedient, true 
To parents guarding tenderly. 
In favor with God and man He grew 
From every sin and evil free. 

In early manhood He led the way 
Down to the water's side He came. 
There God the Father hallowed the day 
And called His faithful Son by name. 

The Holy Spirit on Him abides 
And leads Him to the wilderness. 
In prayer and fasting He there resides 
While Satan tempts Him in distress, 

He meets the Tempter and faithfully 
Upholds the Truth, God's Holy Word, 
And Satan, defeated, turns to flee 
While angels wait upon the Lord. 

His life was lowly, the humble way; 
He has no place to call His own. 
Our Saviour taught throughout the day 
And often prayed all night alone, 

--Joseph I. Cover (1891-1975) 






THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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CALL HIS NAME JESUS 

"... And thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save 
his people from their sins." 

"... And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being 
interpreted is, God with us." 

Precious name; O how sweet; 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven! 

There is a name I love to hear; 
I love to sing its worth; 
It sounds like music in mine ear, 
The sweetest name on earth. 

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him 
a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus 
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, 
and things under the earth; And that every tongue should 
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the 
Father." (Phil. 2:9-11) 

Two thousand years ago a special Baby was born. It was 
not His beginning as it is with mortals. He was with the Father 
in creation. I John 4:9: "In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the 
world, that we might live through him." 

This is the time of year many celebrate the birth of Jesus. 
God's people can rejoice that this birth was the way God chose 
to send our Saviour, and we can say with the angels, "Glory to 
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 
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What does the name Jesus mean to you as you read these 
words? Peter writes, "Unto you therefore which believe he is 
precious. . ." If you are a believer, then you know that this 
name, and only this name, is your hope of salvation, and you 
can rejoice. 

What is the problem? Why do we need a Saviour? God's 
Word reveals that God has a controversy with man. 
Ecclesiastes 7:29 says, ". . . God hath made man upright; but 
they have sought out many inventions." This simply means that 
man took his own way. We need only to look inward at our 
lives to see that we are subject to all kinds of errors: pride, lust, 
selfishness, anger, envy. In the very beginning, man disobeyed 
God. Ever since, there have been wars, murders, and sinners 
denying any obligation to God who created us. God 
pronounced death— not only death of the body, but destruction 
of hell. Jesus said (Matt. 10:28), "And fear not them which kill 
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him 
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 

Yes, we need the Saviour. And He is able to do exceeding 
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the 
power that worketh in us." (Eph. 3:20) 

Through Isaiah (chapter 5) God told the parable of the 
vineyard. It was His vineyard and He did everything right to 
make it produce, but it "brought forth wild grapes." The 
parable told how He would withhold protection from the 
vineyard, and it would suffer. He said that the vineyard is the 
house of Israel. Like Israel, we have been given every 
advantage to produce fruit for God. How unthankful we are, 
and how we will suffer for it, when we take our own way and 
forget God! Jesus is the true vine. He is the way, the truth and 
the life. Without Him we can do nothing. 

When did you last inventory your life with obligation to 
God in mind? How much of our activity is for self! How many 
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Jesus was born to be our Saviour. To be this, He went to 
the cross in penalty for our sins. He "tasted death for every 
man." "Who his own self bare our sins is his own body on the 
tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were healed." (I Peter 2:24) This is what 
"Christmas" should mean to us. "Thanks be unto God for his 
unspeakable gift." That precious name can be on us when we 
are called Christians. 

In all our giving, let us give to Him the gift of ourselves— 
our devotion, praise, service, love. He will not fail to bestow 
salvation, full and free. --L.C. 

JESUS-NAME MOST SWEET 

Jesus, the name to us most sweet, 
The name that gave us breath, 
The Christ who makes our lives complete 
And saves our souls from death. 

Jesus, born in lowly place, 
But angels announced the birth 
Of One who brought Jehovah's grace 
And saved the men of earth. 

Jesus, of David, Son and Lord, 
The King of old ordained 
To reign, by all in heaven adored 
Worshipped by all reclaimed. 

Jesus, let all believe this birth; 
Bow now and humbly bless, 
For all in heaven and all on earth 
Someday must Him confess. — L.C. 



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THE LORD'S DAY 

"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me 
a great voice, as of a trumpet." (Rev. 1:10) The Apostle John 
gave this testimony as he was about to receive visions and 
revelations which have challenged and encouraged the Church 
for over 1900 years. We can be thankful that the observance of 
the Lord's Day has been passed along to us and is still practiced 
by most churches today. 

There is no specific instruction in the Scripture giving a time 
to gather for worship or communion. Caution needs to be 
taken when the times for Christian gatherings are questioned. 
Carrying the Old Covenant seventh day or Sabbath day worship 
over into the New Covenant practice is a matter each 
generation seems to struggle with. We have record that the 
first century Church met on the first day of the week for prayer 
and worship. 

Ignatius, pupil of John and bishop of Antioch, in A.D. 110 
wrote: "If then those who walk in the ancient practice attain to 
newness of hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but 
fashioning their lives after the Lord's Day on which our life also 
arose through Him, that we may be found disciples of Jesus 
Christ, our only teacher." 

Justin Martyr (A.D. 100-167) wrote: "And on the day 
called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather 
together in one place and memoirs of the apostles or the 
writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. . . 
Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly 
because it is the first day on which God having wrought a 
change in the darkness in matter, made the world; and Jesus 
Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead." 

Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (A.D. 200-258) wrote: "The 
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The first day of the week has always been the primary day 
of worship for Christians, for on this day the Lord arose. The 
redemptive sacrifice of Jesus on the cross issued in the "New 
Covenant" and fulfilled the "Old Covenant." 

There is no reason not to worship on any day including the 
seventh day. Most Brethren congregations conduct their 
communions on the seventh day of the week. The concern is 
when the seventh day worshippers attack the practice of Sunday 
worship, for in so doing they unwittingly demean the 
observance of the Resurrection. 

Three times Jesus, in response to questions pertaining to the 
last days, warned the disciples: "See that ye be not deceived." 
Study the Scriptures and seek the truth that you may be found 
in the Spirit on the Lord's Day and not be swayed by the 
doctrines of men. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



YOU ARE NEEDED 

God has a plan and a purpose for you; 

He has a task you only can do. 

Right where you are, He is bidding you heed; 

You are the one who must answer the need. 

Just as you are, give to Jesus your all; 

Willingly, joyfully answer His call. 

Yield every impulse, each thought to His will; 

His holy presence, your spirit will fill. 

Rest in His peace; fully trust Him to do 

All things He needs to accomplish through you. 
Sel. by Lloyd Keeney 
Found after his wife's passing 



PILGRIM INDEX-2Q02 

ARTICLES 

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name -Jean Martin Aug 

A Vision of Victory -Joseph E. Wagner Jan 

Bible Word Study -Stephen and Rhoda Roycr Jan/Feb/Mar 

Blest Be the Tie That Binds -Jean Martin Oct/Nov 

Brevity -Sel. by Kenneth Martin Apr 

Call His Name Jesus -L.C Dec 

Christian Fathers -L. C. Jun 

Christian Witness in Attire -Daniel F. Wolf Jun 

Communication -Kenneth Martin Feb 

Country Blessings ~L. C. Feb 

Dying to Self Feb 

Feet -L.C. Mar 

I Corinthians 13 for Families —Sel. by Ina Martin Mar 

Focus on the Father -Martha Wagner Apr 

For God So Loved the World -Martha Wagner Jan 

Full and Running Over -Susanna Tate Dec 

Growing in Grace -Ron Cable Sep/Oct-Nov 

Growth and Fruit ~L. C. Aug 
History of the Brethren -L.C. Jul/ Aug/Sep Oct/Nov 
How Much Does Christ Mean to You? -Kenneth Garber Apr 

How to Be A Pleasant Person Jul 

I Am Not Skilled to Understand -Jean Martin Apr 

Jesus Is Precious and Fair -Michael Harris Sep 

Justice and Payment -Sel. by Martha Wagner May 

Like All the Nations -Sel, by Jack and Helen Williams Mar 

Lord Willing -Serena Yoder Aug 

Matthew 16 -Kenneth Whitehead Mar 

Non-Conformity -Sel by Linda Frick May 

Now the Day Is Over -Jean Martin Jan 

Offences -Joseph E. Wagner Apr 

Our Visit to Haiti -L.C. Sep 

Overcoming Conflict -L.C. Jan 

Pharisee, Publican, or What -L.C. Jul 

The Duties of Parents May 
The Importance of Truth in Word and Deed -Kevin Garber Apr 

The Lord's Army -John L. Beery Jan 



The Lord's Day --Joseph E. Wagner Dec 

The Lordship of Christ -Kenneth Garber Aug 

The Prayer of Jesus -Kenneth Garber Jul 

Things to Be Thankful For -L. C. Oct-Nov 

To Know Him —Kenneth Garber May 

Volunteers — L. C . Apr 

Wait-L.C. May 

Worship -Joseph E. Wagner Aug 



POEMS 

A Mother's Legacy — Vicki L. Witmer May 

Bless This Mother May 

Building With Joy —Benjamin Cover Jun 

From Dungeon to Light -Benjamin Cover Jul 

God Is Enough -Sel. by Annalee Taylor Apr 

Happy New Year Jan 

Jesus -Joseph I. Cover Dec 

Jesus' Feet -L.C. Mar 

Jesus-Name Most Sweet -L.C. Dec 

Morning Hymn Aug 

O Lord, Help Me to Live Jul 

Planting -Benjamin Cover Feb 

Ponder This -Sel. by Kevin Garber Dec 

Prayer for Fruit -L.C. Aug 

Sunset Song -Susanna Tate Sep 

Thankful -L.C. Oct-Nov 

Thanks to God Oct-Nov 

The Boy and the Acorn i Apr 

The Clock of Time Jan 

The Critic Jul 

The Haven of His Love -Sel. by Janice Royer Aug 

The Lord Is Risen Indeed Mar 

The King's Business Feb 

This Terrible War Jan 
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking -Sel by Tim and Serena Yoder 

Oct-Nov 

Wilt Thou Follow Me? Jun 

You Are Needed -Sel. by Lloyd Keeney Dec 
You Told Me of Jesus -Sel. by David and Mildred Skiles Apr 



YOUTH PAGE 

Sunset Meditations -Susanna Tate Jan 

Jesus Won —Susanna Tate Feb 

Longing for Spiritual Springtime -Calvin R. Johnson Mar 

The Tongue —Susanna Tate Mar 

Seek God's Guidance -Charlesta Hilty Mar 

Delivered, Indebted -Susanna Tate Apr 

Trust —Susanna Tate May 

Peace -Susanna Tate Jun 

Summer Joys — L.C. Jun 

Not Mine, But Thine -Susanna Tate Jul 

Parable of the Pencil Aug 

Kindness -Joy Royer Oct-Nov 

A Morning Meditation -Joy Royer Dec 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 

What's My Name? -Linda Frick Jan 

The Uncancelled Stamp -Martha Wagner Feb 

Like Quarrelling Quail -Martha Wagner Mar 

Charity SufTereth Long -Linda Frick Apr 

Charity ... Is Kind -Linda Frick May 

Charity Envieth Not -Linda Frick Jun 

Charity Vaunteth Not Itself -Linda Frick Jul 

Charity ... Is Not Puffed Up -Linda Frick Aug 
Charity . . . Doth Not Behave Itself Unseemly -Linda Frick Sep 

Charity Is Not Easily Provoked -Linda Frick Oct-Nov 

Charity . . . Thinketh No Evil -Linda Frick Dec 

CHISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 
SELECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BUILDER 



Prompt Obedience -Clarence Neuenschwander 
Who Then Is Willing? -Jonathan Reinford 
The Teacher's Prayer 



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BIRTHS 



Isaiah Dwight Martin 
Andreas Michael Harris 
Tobias John Royer 
Chad Benjamin Coning 
Shantel Darlenc Royer 
Janessa Ann Cover 
Janelle Elaine Cover 
Grant Kenneth Martin 
Jason Leroy Martin 
Brendan Michael Root 
Nicole Joelle Brubaker 
Hayden Alex Moore 
Edward Glenn Wells 
Michaela Morgan Royer 
Benjamin Charles William Savage 
Emma Kate Moscr 
John Solomon Wagner 

Baptisms 

Heidi Brown 
Heather Cover 
Lora Huffman 
Melissa Miller 
Marcus Royer 
Jesse Martin 

MINISTER CHOSEN 

Larry Cable 

Marriage 
Seth Harper and Rachel Flora 



Jan 12 
Feb 2 
Feb 19 
Mar 1 
Mar 4 
Apr 6 
Apr 6 
Apr 10 
May 4 
May 20 
May 27 
Jun 17 
Jim 27 
Jul 25 
Oct 23 
Oct 27 
Nov 12 



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Mar 10 
April 
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Sep 15 
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NOTE OF APPRECIATION 

Dear Brethren and Sisters, 

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them 
that weep." (Romans 12:15) 

This verse has been exemplified over and over again in the 
care our family has received from so many of you. The 
rejoicing and weeping have come alternately over the past two 
years. First it was a diagnosis of a lung disease which could be 
disabling. Our family was lifted in prayer, and the Lord 
graciously answered with His healing power. Then came Jodi's 
illness last year which took her out of our home. 

These were very difficult and uncertain times in our life. 
We had no idea what the future had in store for us, yet we had 
the love and care of our Heavenly Father and His people. Our 
burden seemed great and heavy, but it was made lighter because 
of those around us who chose to share the weight we felt on 
our shoulders. 

Now, recently we are rejoicing over the gift God has given 
to us in our newest family addition. Once again we have felt the 
love of our brethren and sisters during this time of rejoicing and 
thanksgiving. 

During all these times we have received phone calls, gifts, 
offers of help with the children, meals, etc. We have often been 
overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and care shown to us. 
You cannot know how much this has meant to us. Although 
we do not feel worthy, we have always appreciated what has 
been done for us. This note seems inadequate, but we want you 
all to know how thankful we feel. 

In Christian Love, 

Dale and Jodi Savage and family 



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PONDER THIS 

Out of this life I shall never take 

Things of silver and gold I make. 

All I cherish and hoard away, 

After I leave, on earth must stay. 

Though I have toiled for a painting rare 

To hang on the wall, I must leave it there; 

Though I call it mine and boast its worth, 

I must give it up when I quit the earth. 

All that I gather and all that I keep 

I must leave behind when I fall asleep, 

And I wonder often what I shall own 

In that other life, when I pass alone. 

What shall they find, and what shall they see 

In the soul that answers the call for me? 

Shall the great Judge learn when my task is through 

That my spirit had gathered some riches too? 

Or shall at last it be mine to find 

That all I had worked for, I left behind? 

Author unknown 
Sel. by Kevin Garber 



FULL AND RUNNING OVER 

Recently one of our ministers spoke in his message of the 
woman who came to Jesus (in Matt. 15:22-28) beseeching Him 
to heal her daughter. He told how Jesus said to the woman, "It 
is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." 
And she answered, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the 
crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 



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The Lord rewarded her humble faith by healing her 
daughter. He gave her more than just "the crumbs that fell from 
the table!" 

Our brother went on to share how perhaps some of us at 
times have felt so needy, so hungry, that we have cried out, in 
essence, "Lord, I'd truly be grateful if You'd just let me have a 
"few crumbs" (of spiritual refreshment and nourishment) from 
under the table!" 

My heart overflowed with thankfulness as I pondered that, 
for I was once in the place-so starved for spiritual 
strengthening that I cried in desperation, "Lord, just a li tt l e 
fellowship, a little support, would mean sq much! I don't ask to 
have all of it. I'd thank You, Father, for just a "few crumbs." 

Oh, how faithful the Lord is! How He delights in giving 
good gifts to His children! He has given to me and my family 
so much more than we asked for. 

Full measure, pressed down, overflowing: so have our 
needs (and more) been supplied. I can say from my heart, 
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine 
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over! 
Surely goodness and mercy (do) follow me (every day) of my 
life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever!" 

As I look around at my dear Church family, as I sit under 
the sound of edifying preaching week after week, as I 
experience God's love in action, through interaction with 
brothers and sisters in Christ during the week, I feel as the song 
expresses it: 

Awake, asleep, at home, abroad, 
I am surrounded still with God. 

I thank the Lord for His loving-kindness, and for each one 
of you who has been a channel of His love to us! May the Lord 
reward you. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



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FOR YOUTH 
A MORNING MEDITATION 

I've made it safely through the night 
Protected by Thy tender might. 
Thy mercies every morning new 
Inspire me the whole day through. 

And so I'll praise Thee all day long 
In every action, word, and song. 
This is my daily resolute, 
Yet it's so hard to keep in tune. 

When the sly tempter comes my way, 
It's hard to kind and patient stay, 
But I can call on God again, 
And find the strength to resist sin. 

And then at evening I can say, 
Tm glad I walked with God today." 
Joy Royer, 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

ADDRESS CHANGES 
Joe and Laura Cover 7952 NW 128th St. 

Grimes, IW 501 11 (515)986-1253 

Darrell and Mary Martin 5512 Blue Gum Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95358 

BIRTH 
WAGNER - A son, John Solomon, born November 12 to David 
and Mona Wagner of Hesperia, Michigan. 






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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
Charity . . . Thinketh No Evil 

"I think Thomas is a thief!" Charity told Mother after school 
one day. 

"Why do you think that?" Mother asked. She quit rolling 
pie crust to listen. 

"Because I saw him using Teacher's red pen this morning, 
and before she dismissed us, she asked if anyone knows where 
her red pen is. Nobody said anything, but I'm just sure Thomas 
hid it in his desk. And he probably snuck it into his lunch box 
and took it home. I'm going to tell Teacher in the morning, 
too." Charity seemed quite certain she was right about this. 

"Hmmm," was all Mother said just then, but she was 
thinking. 

When Charity got to school the next morning, she marched 
right to Teacher's desk and started saying, "Teacher, I know 
Thomas stole. . ." Then she stood there staring at the red pen in 
Teacher's hand. Did you get another pen already?" she asked. 

"No," Teacher said with a chuckle. "It was in my pocket. 
Thomas borrowed it, and when he gave it back, I stuck it in my 
pocket. I wondered whatever felt so funny in my dress when I 
got ready for bed last night." and Teacher chuckled again. "But 
what were you saying about Thomas, Charity?" she asked. 
"You know he stole something? What did he steal, and how do 
you know about it?" 

"Oh, never mind," Charity mumbled as she turned to go 
outside with her friends. 

"Wait, Charity," Teacher stopped her. "I want to know the 
answers to my questions. 

Charity's face got red and she stared at her shoes. She knew 
she must answer, but she did not want to. "I - I, uh, I thought 
Thomas stole your pen," she finally said. 



"Oh, and why did you think that?" Teacher asked. 

"Because I saw him using it, and then you couldn't find it," 
Charity told her. "Thomas is just the kind to do something like 
that," she added, very unkindly. 

"Why, I would never have thought of Thomas stealing," 
said Teacher. "He's always been honest as far as I know. Do 
you know what this makes me think of?" 

Charity shook her head, "No," and asked. "What?" 

"In I Corinthians 13, the chapter about love, it says, 'Charity 
. . . thinketh no evil.' Were you loving Thomas when you 
thought evil things about him?" 

"No," Charity said, "and I'm sure Mother is going to tell me 
the same thing." 

When Charity got home, Mother asked her about the lost 
pen. Charity told her the whole story, including what Teacher 
had said about "Charity . . . thinketh no evil." 

"I'm glad Teacher told you the same thing I would have," 
Mother said. "And I hope you've learned this valuable lesson 
well." 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



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